MDARD Recognizes National Weights & Measures Week March 1-7, 2020

For immediate release: February 24, 2020
Media contact: Jennifer Holton, 517-284-5724
Program contact: Craig VanBuren, 517-655-8202

LANSING – One of the key priorities of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is to monitor weights and measures devices being used by retailers to ensure a fair playing field. This year, MDARD is celebrating March 1-7, 2020 as Weights and Measures Week in Michigan.

The National Conference on Weights and Measures, currently chaired by MDARD’s Laboratory Division Director Craig VanBuren, is using the theme of “Building Weights and Measures Future by Sharing our Knowledge” as part of a national effort to underscore the importance of the role that accurate weights and measures play in the lives of consumers.

These dates are designated every year to commemorate President John Adams’ signing of the first United States weights and measures law on March 2, 1799.  

“MDARD’s Weights and Measures program is responsible for everything sold by weight, count or measure. Inspectors verify everything from the accuracy of gas pumps and grocery scales to the content of the packages that consumers purchase,” said MDARD Director Gary McDowell. “Accuracy and fairness are the foundation for Michigan’s economy as it impacts consumers and businesses alike.”

“Inspectors across the nation, including here in Michigan, have been verifying and testing scales and meters and the net contents of packaged goods for decades,” said VanBuren. “It may seem routine, but it is a constant challenge to keep pace with new technology, evolving systems and marketing practices that seem to change at lightspeed. Inspectors work to keep pace to ensure consumers are protected.”    

Michigan consumers with concerns about any advertisement, purchase, service, or transaction based on weight, measure, or count may call 800-632-3835 to register a complaint.

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