Weights and Measures Inspection Statistics

​In 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Weights and Measures inspectors conducted 216,887 inspections at 5,630 business locations, including:


Gas Pumps

Grades of Fuel Tested

Consumer Confidence*

Total Accuracy**

 

38,209

99.8%

98.2%

Price Accuracy

Items Tested

 

 

 

57,120

98.6%

96.2%

Retail Scales

Scales Inspected

 

 

 

10,107

99.8%

96.3%

Package Weight

Packages Inspected

 

 

 

105,919

98.5%

98.5%

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

** Includes all overcharges and undercharges


Fuel Quality

Total Samples Tested

Compliance Rate

 

5,221

98.0%

Download Weights and Measures Inspection Statistics for 2017


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 2017, DATCP inspectors:

  • Conducted 797 weights and measures reinspections to ensure that accuracy corrections were made

  • Rejected and required corrections on 1,915 scales and meters for inaccuracies

  • Rejected 1,541 packages sold by weight for being short measure

  • Ordered 808 prices corrected for ringing up inaccurately at the register

Civil Forfeitures

Where inspectors find repeat violations, higher level enforcement is possible. In 2017, civil forfeiture settlements totaling $145,247.50 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