VDACS News Releases
March 5, 2019
Virginia’s Weights and Measures Inspectors Protect Consumers and Sellers
The Commonwealth Observes National Weights and Measures Week March 1-7
Contact: Michael Wallace, 804.786.1904
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) joins the National Conference on Weights and Measures to observe National Weights and Measures Week, March 1-7. This week commemorates the anniversary of John Adams’ signing of the first weights and measures law on March 2, 1799, which required that each state receive a set of weights and measures standards. Weights and measures laws ensure that consumers get what they pay for, whether it is a gallon of gas, a pound of lunchmeat or the same price at the checkout scanner as the one on the shelves.
The VDACS Office of Weights and Measures is responsible for the inspection of all commercially used weighing and measuring devices in the Commonwealth. The 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, called public weighmasters. In addition to its main office in Richmond, the Office of Weights and Measures operates three field offices and a metrology laboratory.
During fiscal year 2018, the office performed the following testing and inspection activities:
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