Weights and Measures Inspection Statistics

News release on 2018 W&M inspection​ results​


In 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Weights and Measures inspectors conducted 258,720 inspections at 6,580 business locations, including:

Gas Pumps

Grades of Fuel Tested

Consumer Confidence*

Total Accuracy**

 

45,192

99.7%

97.8%

Price Accuracy

Items Tested

 

 

 

57,027

98.7%

95.3%

Retail Scales

Scales Inspected

 

 

 

10,729

99.7%

95.8%

Package Weight

Packages Inspected

 

 

 

139,470

98.6%

98.6%

​* Percent of time a consumer would be charged accurately or undercharged

** Includes all overcharges and undercharges

 

Fuel Quality

Total Samples Tested

Compliance Rate

 

5,036

98.8%

Download Weights and Measures Inspection Statistics for 2018

​​Inaccurate Measurements

When inspectors find inaccurate measurements in the field, violations are reported to store management and orders are issued to correct the problem. In 2018, DATCP inspectors:

  • Conducted 786 weights and measures reinspections to ensure that accuracy corrections were made

  • Rejected and required corrections on 2,092 scales and meters for inaccuracies

  • Rejected 1,942 packages sold by weight for being short measure

  • Ordered 755 prices corrected for ringing up inaccurately at the register

Civil Forfeitures

Where inspectors find repeat violations, higher level enforcement is possible. In 2018, civil forfeiture settlements totaling $196,928.70 were collected from companies as a result of weights and measures inspections including:

  • fuel quality violations

  • representing false quantity

  • weights and measures service company violations

Previous Annual Inspection Results

Contact

Bureau of Weights and Measures

(608) 224-4942, option 4

datcpweightsandmeasures@wi.gov