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Oregon observes National Weights and Measures Week

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Oregon consumers and business both benefit when someone looks at the thousands of weighing and measuring devices used in commerce every day. That’s a key message for this year’s National Weights and Measures Week: (NOTE: Weights and Measures Week is March 1-7)

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How important is it that inspectors with the Oregon Department of Agriculture check out weighing and measuring devices? Consider that a common formula involves dividing a state’s gross product by two. In Oregon, that starting point is 194 billion dollars:

BARBER:  “So, in Oregon, right now we are looking at about 97 billion dollars of goods and products that, at one point in there path from manufacture to sale, is getting weighed, often times, multiple times.”  :14

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ODA’s Jason Barber says a team of 20 inspectors statewide check about 54-thousand weighing and measuring devices in Oregon for accuracy– from scales at grocery stores to fuel pumps at gas stations:

BARBER:  “We just want to make sure folks are getting what they pay for. So if you roll in and are getting 10 or 20 gallons worth of fuel in your vehicle that you can rest assured that you are getting that much, getting what you pay for.”  :15

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Barber points out that ODA inspection not only helps protect against consumer fraud, but keeps all businesses honest and on a level competitive playing field. That’s why ODA inspectors hope to hear a thank you from both consumers and business during National Weights and Measures Week. In Salem, I’m Bruce Pokarney.

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BARBER says ODA weights and measures inspection helps protect both sides of a transaction by ensuring accuracy. Sometimes it’s the businesses that lose money when devices aren’t working properly:

“No, we actually kind of have a saying that it’s really not only consumer protection, but business protection as well. Often times, the consumer is not always getting shorted when the weighing and measuring devices are off a bit.”  :15

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BARBER says it’s the job of ODA to annually license and inspect all weighing and measuring devices in the state:

“We have 20 field inspectors across the State of Oregon. They all have designated geographical areas. It is our goal to hit 100 percent of the devices in the state, roughly around 54 to 55-thousand devices.”  :16

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