Illinois Department of Agriculture celebrates Weights and Measures
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[March 06, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois
Department of Agriculture is observing National Weights and Measures
Week, March 1-7, to recognize the efforts of its employees who work
behind the scenes to make sure consumers get what they pay for.
"Almost everything we buy, from a gallon of gas to a pound of ground
beef, is sold by weight, volume, length, count or measure," said
Agriculture Director Bob Flider. "The fact consumers rarely question
the accuracy of weights and measures is an indication our employees
are doing their job to ensure fairness in the marketplace. I commend
them for their hard work, not only this week that is set aside in
their honor, but also every other week of the year."
the Bureau of Weights and Measures use highly accurate equipment to
inspect scales at supermarkets, warehouses, packing plants, feed
mills, shipping companies and hardware stores, as well as meters at
gas stations and motor fuel terminals. Last year, more than 128,000
devices were tested.
"The accuracy of their testing equipment is ensured by our
Metrology Lab," said Doug Rathbun, bureau chief. "The lab, which
recently was recertified by the Institute of Standards and
Technology, calibrates the equipment to meet exacting national
standards. Use of those standards means a gallon or pound of product
will be the same in Illinois as it is in every other state."
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Weights and Measures Week was proclaimed to commemorate the signing
of the first United States weights and measures law by John Adams on
March 2, 1799.
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