VDACS News Releases
February 25, 2016
Virginia Recognizes National Weights and Measures Week, March 1-7
Office of Weights and Measures protects the Commonwealth’s consumers and businesses
Contact: Sarah Pennington, 804.786.1904
Virginians frequently purchase consumer products based on a weight or measurement. For example, we buy gasoline by the gallon and purchase meat products by the pound. Ensuring these measurements are correct so consumers get what they pay for is one of the oldest functions of our government. To recognize this work, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) joins the National Conference on Weights and Measures to observe National Weights and Measures Week during March 1-7, 2016.
The VDACS Office of Weights and Measures is responsible for the inspection of all commercially used weighing and measuring equipment in the Commonwealth. Part of the agency’s Division of Consumer Protection, this office administers the state’s laws and regulations designed to maintain the integrity of transactions between buyers and sellers and prevent unfair competition in the marketplace.
Inspectors in the Office of Weights and Measures use highly accurate field standards and equipment to test commercial scales, meters, and scanning equipment and check the weight of packaged products. Inspectors are also responsible for testing the accuracy of fuel pumps and sampling of motor fuels. The office licenses individuals who certify the accuracy of weight tickets. In addition to its main office in Richmond, the Office of Weights and Measures operates three field offices and a metrology laboratory.
Here are just some of this office’s activities during fiscal year 2015:
National Weights and Measures Week is celebrated March 1-7 each year to commemorate John Adams signing the first United States weights and measures law on March 2, 1799.
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