When temperatures heat up, door-to-door salesmen start making their rounds selling any number of different products and services. While many door-to-door salesmen are honest, every summer, Better Business Bureau receives troubling complaints from consumers who purchased meat from door-to-door salesmen and were dissatisfied with the quality or even claim to have gotten food poisoning.
In a recent example, the BBB in Denver issued a warning about mounting complaints against a door-to-door meat salesman. According to complaints, customers spend an average of $185 on different kinds of meat, poultry and/or fish. Consumers have described the products as being, “inferior quality,” “tainted,” “not edible,” “old and freezer burnt” and “drowned in salt and preservatives”. Some complainants have also claimed to have gotten sick from the meat and one complainant described it as tasting “like chlorine.”
“Many people might be a little put off by the idea of buying steaks or seafood from the back of a truck, but the low price can often be tempting enough to override any fears about safety or quality,” said Robert Shomphe, President/CEO. “It’s not uncommon for a customer to waste hundreds of dollars on inferior meat and it is extremely important for your financial health, in addition to your personal health, that you do your research before you buy.”
Other common complaints to BBB against door-to-door meat sellers include claims that the customer received less meat than what they paid for, that the salesman did not have appropriate permits to sell food door to door and that the salesman failed to stand by the promised satisfaction guarantee.
When considering buying meat from a door-to-door salesman, BBB recommends that consumers:
Consumers with questions about purchasing meat can contact the USDA'S Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854.