Meat Sales May Burn Buyers

5/3/2012

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Not all meat comes from the market; sellers have turned to trucks to deal and deliver beef, poultry and seafood directly to doorsteps. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington measures the inquiries and complaints on mobile meat retailers.
 
In BBB’s 36-month reporting period, the following inquiries and complaints were filed within the last 12 months.
    •     “Meat - Retail” companies received 5,863 inquiries and 
            19 complaints within the past year - out of 10,015 
            inquiries and 37 complaints in the last three years.
    •     “Door-to-Door Sales - Meat” retailers accumulated    
            2,160 inquiries and 20 complaints - out of 5,942 inquiries 
            and 51 complaints.
    •     “Meat Wholesale” businesses generated 1,874 inquiries and 
            13 complaints - out of 3,324 inquiries and 22 complaints.
    •     “Meat Brokers” accrued 1,872 inquiries and five complaints- 
            out of 2,284 inquiries and five total complaints.
 
Complaints allege issues regarding sales practices and advertising misrepresentations. Other complaints describe dissatisfaction with products post-purchase; further, some complainants have difficulty redeeming guarantees or warranties promised during initial transactions.
 
Caution: Buying meat from mobile retailers can be risky; though companies may be legitimate, there is no guarantee that independent solicitors are ethical.
 
"With foods and edible goods, consumers should be extra wary," says Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. "Safety and quality should be the top priority, especially with meat products. Consumers should not only look for sealed packaging and clear product labeling, but also, reputable sellers at bbb.org."
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