Ohio Weights and Measures Week

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio- When you buy gas you expect to get exactly what you paid for, but how do you know for sure that a gallon is really a gallon? Well it’s someone’s job to be sure you get your money’s worth.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture was in town today measuring scales in both the county and city for Weights and Measures Week. Director David Daniels said the department is responsible for testing all the weighing devices in the state of Ohio. Daniels and his team stopped by Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl to test their scales and make sure they’re a fair transaction.

“We want to make sure that when they come in here to buy a pound of chocolate that that’s exactly what they’re getting,” said Daniels. “And so it not only protects the consumer but it also protects the business owner to make sure that he’s not giving product away, you know, that he’s not being compensated for.”

The auditor checks the scales at all stores including places like Walmart, Kroger, and even gas stations. The auditor uses weights that are measured to state standards to test the scales at businesses.

“We had a county auditor sealer here today to come in and put weights on the scales to make sure they weigh, each one of those weights that he puts on there is actually calibrated a certain amount of weight so that it…does that scale measure exactly what that weight is,” said Daniels.

Weights and Measures Week runs from March 1st through March 7th. If a businesses’ scale does not measure correctly, they have to take the scale out of service and replace it before using it again.

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