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City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 1, 2010
Door-to-door meat sales not always safe
The City of Kansas City, Mo. cautions residents concerning meat sales door to door. The City’s Health Department has been notified that non-licensed vendors have been approaching residents at their homes, offering to sell meat out of the back of an unmarked pick-up truck.
“There are respectable, recognizable organizations and businesses that sell meat door to door,” said Bert Malone, manager of the Health Department’s Environmental Health Services. “They will be able to provide documentation, such as food permits and business permits.”
Meat sold through licensed vendors is maintained at safe temperatures and handled using approved safe food handling techniques, including regular inspections by the City and other regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“In the past, unlicensed vendors have been known to take meat approved only for use in pet foods and sell it to unsuspecting buyers as high quality meat,” said Malone. “The buyer should always be aware of the risks when buying from a door-to-door vendor and make sure that the vendor is licensed with the City.”
Information on licensed food vendors can be found at the Health Department website, www.kcmo.org/health, or by calling 816-513-6315.
Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer for the Health Department, 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook and Twitter, www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept and www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept.