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The Colorado Department of Agriculture is charged with enforcing the Colorado Measurement Standards Act. Measurement Standards inspectors certify commercially used scales and devices, test packages to ensure consumers receive at least the quantity stated on the label, and check prices in stores throughout Colorado to ensure that consumers are not overcharged.

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Measurement Standards oversight promotes a fair market environment by promoting voluntary compliance through education of businesses whenever possible. Our mission is also accomplished in part by penalizing companies that use unfair business practices that are in violation of the Colorado Measurement Standards Act. Some of these unfair practices are: 1) False, misleading, or inadequate product labeling, 2) Offering short measure products for sale, 3) Misrepresenting the price of a product and 4) Using a scale (or other measuring device) that is inaccurate or not of the correct type.

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There are sixteen inspectors who regularly certify scales, check packages and do scan tests throughout the state. The Program Managers are based in our Denver offices. The state Metrology Laboratory is also located at our Denver office. The Metrology Laboratory certifies weights used to inspect and certify commercially used scales, as well as devices used by law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado.

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Misrepresentation of a price is a violation of the Colorado Measurement Standards Act. Price verification tests (scan tests) are done in stores throughout the state on a routine basis. If more than 2% of prices checked are overcharges, a fine may be issued and the test is repeated soon after the failure. All overcharges found must be corrected. In addition, our office investigates consumer complaints.

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If a product is short weight (or short volume, count or measure), it is a violation of the Colorado Measurement Standards Act. Package testing is routinely done by weights & measures inspectors in stores throughout Colorado. Short weight products are issued stop sale orders and violations may be written by our inspectors. These are issued on the spot if the packer is on site. If the company is located somewhere other than where the packages are sold, the fine is mailed.

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All weights & measures are certified yearly by the State Metrology laboratory, located at our Denver office. This lab is charged as official keeper of the state's standards. Periodically, the state standards are sent to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to be checked.

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All prepackaged products sold in Colorado must have certain things on the label. The product must be positively identified. The amount of product you are getting must be declared. A responsible party must be listed on the label.

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No. They are inspected by the Oil and Public Safety Division of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. They can be reached at (303) 318-8500.