A viral rumour about Costco toilet paper being recalled is a hoax

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The online falsehood comes about at a time where members are panic-buying essentials like toilet paper. Chris Hondros / Staff / Getty Images
  • Costco has been the subject of false online rumours regarding a Kirkland toilet paper recall.
  • The internet hoax claims that the warehouse chain’s in-house brand has been somehow tainted by the coronavirus.
  • Fact-checking site Snopes debunked the outlandish claim.
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False rumours that Costco has recalled its in-house Kirkland brand toilet paper rolled across the internet over the weekend. Fact-checking site Snopes even took the time to debunk the hoax.

A Costco spokesperson said the retailer does not have the staff to respond individually to specific media requests at this time. Kirkland toilet paper is not listed on the warehouse chain website’s list of recalls.

“As always, our focus is to have merchandise available for our members at low warehouse prices,” the spokesperson told Business Insider.

According to Snopes, the hoax’s typical script involved a warning about toilet paper “contaminted [sic] with Coronavirus outbreak” and “containted [sic] due to the item being manufactred [sic] in China.”

It’s no surprise that Costco was singled out by this toilet-paper-related falsehood. The Washington-based retailer in particular has seen a major sales boost due to coronavirus-related spending.

And members have singled out the phenomenon of Costco toilet paper runs for discussion on Twitter:

This isn’t Costco’s first toilet-paper-related controversy of the outbreak, either. Earlier in March, members squabbled over bath tissue and other sanitary items in a California warehouse. But as consumers continue to panic buy necessities amid the pandemic, essentials like toilet paper will likely remain a point of focus in the retail world.