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Food Packaging & Labeling
Sale by Weight, Measure or Count
Under Wisconsin law:
- Liquid commodities must normally be sold by liquid measure. But a liquid may be sold by weight if that method is meaningful and generally used.
- Non-liquid commodities must normally be sold by weight. But a non-liquid may be sold by count or measure if that method is meaningful and generally used.
- Different methods of sale are prescribed (or allowed) for some commodities.
Wisconsin Statutes section 98.06 and Wisconsin Administrative Code chapter ATCP 91 spell out required methods of sale. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection administers these laws. Violators may be prosecuted under Wisconsin Statutes section 98.26.