Weights and Measures Inspection Statistics

2019 Weights and Measures Inspection Statistics Press Release

In 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Weights and Measures inspectors conducted 306,759 inspections at 6,849 business locations, including:

Gas Pumps

Grades of Fuel Tested

Consumer Confidence*

Total Accuracy**

 

40,175

99.7%

98.1%

Price Accuracy

Items Tested

 

 

 

61,589

98.3%

96%

Retail Scales

Scales Inspected

 

 

 

11,281

99.7%

96.7%

Package Weight

Packages Inspected

 

 

 

186,369

98.7%

98.7%

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

** Includes all overcharges and undercharges

 

Fuel Quality

Total Samples Tested

Compliance Rate

 

4,840

98.8%

   Download Weights and Measures Inspection Statistics for 2019

​​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 2019, DATCP inspectors:

  • Conducted 1,165 weights and measures reinspections to ensure that accuracy corrections were made

  • Rejected and required corrections on 1,992 scales and meters for inaccuracies

  • Rejected 2,490 packages sold by weight for being short measure

  • Ordered 1,057 prices corrected for ringing up inaccurately at the register

Civil Forfeitures

Where inspectors find repeat violations, higher level enforcement is possible. In 2019, civil forfeiture settlements totaling $225,998.54 were collected from companies as a result of weights and measures inspections including:

  • fuel quality violations

  • representing false quantity

  • weights and measures and petroleum service company violations

Previous Annual Inspection Results

Contact

Bureau of Weights and Measures

(608) 224-4942, option 4

datcpweightsandmeasures@wi.gov