Weights and Measures Inspection Statistics

2020 Weights and Measures Inspection Statistics Press Release

In 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Weights and Measures inspectors conducted 252,782 inspections at 5,946 business locations, including:

Gas Pumps

Grades of Fuel Tested

Consumer Confidence*

Total Accuracy**

 

48,398

99.7%

97.9%

Price Accuracy

Items Tested

 

 

 

36,988

98.5%

96.8%

Retail Scales

Scales Inspected

 

 

 

8,263

99.6%

96%

Package Weight

Packages Inspected

 

 

 

153,233

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

 

3,948

98.9%

Download Weights and Measures Inspection Statistics for 2020

​​Inaccurate Measurements

DACP's weights and measures team conducted 252,782 inspections at 5,946 business locations statewide in 2020. Inspection results followed the trends of recent years:

  • Wisconsin gas pumps continued to provide the correct amount of fuel, or even over-deliver, in nearly 100% of our tests in 2020.
  • Prices at the register were also accurate or in the customer's favor in 98% of our tests.
  • Tests DATCP conducted on scales used to weigh products sold by weight (such as meat, deli, and produce items) were accurate or measured in the customer's favor almost 100% of the time.
  • Packaged products sold by weight (such as ground beef) were accurately labeled in almost 99% of tests.

Civil Forfeitures

When inaccurate measurements or prices are identified, violations are reported to store management and orders are issued to correct the problem. In 2020, DATCP inspectors issued 4,413 of these orders and conducted 1,087 re-inspections to ensure that corrections were made.

If necessary, DATCP can also take steps toward higher-level enforcement.  In 2020, civil forfeiture settlements totaling $264,908 were collected from companies as a result of weights and measures inspections including fuel quality violations, product quantity misrepresentations, and weights and measures service company violations.

Previous Annual Inspection Results

Contact

Bureau of Weights and Measures

(608) 224-4942, option 4

datcpweightsandmeasures@wi.gov