The BBB is warning people not to buy meat from door-to-door salesmen.
The Better Business Bureau says many door–to–door salespeople are scamming consumers. According to complaints received by the BBB in the Denver area, an average of $185 is being spent per consumer on different kinds of meats. Other complaints against these salespeople include customers receiving considerably less meat for which they paid.
The BBB also recommends doing the following in order to prevent food poisoning or being cheated from the purchase of these products:
• Do your research. Ask for as much written material about the company and the product as possible. Check out the company by going to www.bbb.org. Read the company report for more information.
• Don’t fall for empty promises. Don’t be duped into paying for sub-par meat that salespeople claim come with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Be sure to get a contact number for the salesperson and the company he/she represents.
• Don’t pay with cash. If you are going to make a purchase, be sure to pay with a check or credit card. That way, if you’re the victim of fraud, you may cancel the check or report the fraud to your credit card company.
• Report the salespeople. If you feel that you have been cheated, file a complaint with your local BBB or contact the appropriate authorities.
Door-to-door salespeople must have a license to sell any food product in the state of Colorado, according to Nick Brechun, the home food service plan administrator of The Colorado Department of Agriculture. He advises people who believe they’ve been ripped off to contact his office at 303-867-9232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on door-to-door meat salespeople visit the USDA’s website by clicking below or call the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-674-6854.
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