Delaware consumers protected by work of weights and measures inspectors

DOVER, Del. – Every day, Delaware consumers are protected by the work of the Weights and Measures inspectors at the Delaware Department of Agriculture. When consumers purchase products based on a weight or measurement – like a gallon of gas or a pound of lunch meat – the Department’s Weights and Measures section is responsible for ensuring those measurements are accurate, so consumers get what they pay for.

“Through Inspection and testing procedures our staff ensures the accuracy of all transactions whenever merchandise is bought or sold by weight, measure, or count. The goal is to eliminate the potential for fraud, carelessness, and misrepresentations during transactions,” said Steven Connors, Weights and Measures Administrator. “Not only are we protecting the consumer, but we also protect the business. The last thing a business wants to hear is they have a small error in measurement because that can lead to losses of thousands of dollars.”

The theme for this year’s National Weights and Measures Week, March 1-7, 2020 is “Building Weights and Measures’ Future by Sharing Our Knowledge.” In developing the theme, National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) Chairman Craig VanBuren set three goals: to create a mentoring program to help with succession planning for states; to share the importance of how inspectors protect the consumer; and to develop more training opportunities for weights and measures staff in a rapidly changing technological environment.

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