6/12/2018 Program Designed to Protect Consumers Gets a Facelift

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2018
Contact:    Christi Lightcap, (303) 869-9005, Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us
 
Do you go through the self-checkout at the grocery store?
Do you check in your luggage at the airport?
Program Designed to Protect Consumers Gets a Facelift.
 
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Weights and Measures program has updated the approval sticker used to identify if a commercial scale weighs correctly.  Because scales fall out of tolerance, CDA inspectors test every commercial scale used in Colorado each year to ensure their accuracy. That is over 25,000 commercial scale inspections completed by a team of CDA inspectors.
 
To grasp the impact of these inspections, consider that a single supermarket can easily conduct 1-2 million transactions involving a weight of a commodity per year at the meat department, deli, bakery and checkout stands.  A farmer purchases feed, fertilizer and pesticides and then sells their commodities by the ton.  There are highway scales, shipping scales, jeweler scales, grain scales and now high precision cannabis scales.  The financial impact of a weights and measures program is so significant that experts have found it impossible to quantify. 
 
We test and approve scales to help ensure the equity and integrity in the marketplace. With our newly designed sticker, we hope to highlight the impact that agriculture and the CDA has on the everyday lives of all Coloradans,” said Hollis Glenn, CDA’s Inspection & Consumer Services Division Director.
 
Old Sticker
New Sticker
Sticker Usage
 
 
The approval stickers are signed, dated, and attached to the scale by a CDA inspector when the commercial scale passes its inspection. Consumers can look for the sticker to identify if the scale is in tolerance and the items are being measured correctly. Each scale is inspected at least once a year. In the coming year, the red, circular sticker will be phased out and replaced by the green, square sticker. If a consumer does not see the certification sticker, or believes a scale has fallen out of tolerance, they can contact the CDA at (303) 869-9000.
 
This video shows more about the scale certification process at grocery stores and how the program protects consumers. You can also get more information on how CDA’s Inspection & Consumer Services division protects the Colorado marketplace by visiting www.colorado.gov/aginspection.
 
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