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Checkout and Deli Scales
Here's a checklist to help you make sure you get what you pay for at the grocery store:
- Make sure you know the price per pound before you make your purchase.
- Make sure you can see the scale readout and the weighing process from where you are standing.
- Be sure the scale starts at zero or has a negative amount displayed.
- Make sure the numbers are easy to read, the scale appears in good shape and is suitable to weigh your purchase.
- Make sure the clerk doesn't place extraneous materials on or near the scale platform that could interfere with the weighing process or add weight to the product.
- Verify that the clerk enters the correct price per pound.
- Verify that the clerk is subtracting the weight of the packaging materials (paper boats, trays, bags, etc.). To verify, look for a "tare" light or a negative weight before weighing or ask the clerk.
- Look for the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development blue foil seal to show the scale has been checked for compliance with all weights and measures requirements.
- Pay for the product, not the package! If no tare is taken, or is not taken properly, ask to have the product weighed again.
- If you experience a problem with a checkout or deli scale weight, call MDARD's Weights and Measures Program at 517-655-8202.