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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The Utah Department of Agriculture says if it's too good to be true, it probably is.
Agriculture officials say consumers should think twice about buying bulk meat, especially going into the height of barbeque season. That's because it's that time of year where there are more illegal deceptive offers for meat sales.
Officials urge consumers to be cautious deceptive advertising practices. They say retailers will lure consumers in with low-price deals only to pressure consumers into buying higher-priced meat.
Consumers are also urged to be cautious of door-to-door meat sales.
Officials say it's illegal to sell meat by the package instead of the pound.
They say consumers should ask the salesperson for a written invoice itemizing the U-S-D-A grade of the product and the cost per pound.
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