Beware festive 'deals'.TRADING standards officers are advising consumers to be cautious about multi-pack offers in butchers.
Members of the North East Trading Standards Association, have been checking whether bulk-buy bargains designed to tempt tempt
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2. shoppers are good value.
Butchers were visited in the North-east including Stockton. In all 38 premises were checked -problems that could mislead customers were found in over 20% of cases.
By law, packs of meat are generally required to be marked with the weight of meat contained as well as the unit price, for example, price per kilogram kilogram, abbr. kg, fundamental unit of mass in the metric system, defined as the mass of the International Prototype Kilogram, a platinum-iridium cylinder kept at Sèvres, France, near Paris. , and the price of the actual pack.
Some butchers then make offers that claim or imply a reduced rate when more than one pack is bought - for example three for pounds 10. In some places the bulk "bargains" were found to be no cheaper and sometimes more expensive than loose meat or single packs.
Some packs did not carry any quantity or price indications preventing shoppers making any comparison of value.
Councillor Steve Nelson
Anyone with concerns about the issue can call Consumer Direct on 08454 040506