DATE: February 25, 2009
Public Information Officer
(626) 579-8589/cell (626) 226-6085
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES WEEK CELEBRATED IN COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
MARCH 1-7, 2009
"WEIGHTS AND MEASURES: MAKING A DIFFERENCE"
ARCADIA, CA – Kurt E. Floren, Director of Weights and Measures for
the County of Los Angeles, announced the theme for Weights and Measures
Week, March 1 through 7, as "Weights and Measures: Making a
Difference." "Weights and measures officials throughout the country
work together to ensure confidence in the marketplace," said Mr.
Floren. "This collaborative effort results in consumers getting what
they pay for and businesses being assured of the ability to fairly
compete with one another," he continued. "Now, more than ever, we
need to make sure consumers are getting every penny's worth for their
From paint to pastries, from crude oil to croutons, every trade is
based upon a count, measurement, weight or volume. Weights and Measures
personnel inspect and verify the accuracy of commercial scales, meters,
price scanners, and quantity labeling on packaged goods.
Considering that as much as 50% of a family's income is used to
purchase consumer goods, the impact on an inaccurate marketplace can be
significant to each of us. The cost of a regulatory presence is less
than $1.00 per person per year. Yet consumers can realize the full
return on that investment in a single trip to the market.
National Weights and Measures Week is being observed by state and local
jurisdictions throughout the United States. The 2009 National Weights
and Measures Week marks the 210th anniversary of the nation's first
weights and measures law, passed by the Congress of the United States on
March 2, 1799.
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