Charlene Carveth

(530) 621-5520

Placerville, CA – March 2, 2015 – The El Dorado County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures will celebrate Weights and Measures Week: March 1-7, 2015. Weights and measures inspectors are keeping pace with rapidly advancing technologies to ensure fairness in the marketplace. Their service to consumers and businesses plays an essential role in economic recovery by protecting buyers and sellers in virtually all sales of goods in the county.

“The date of this year’s Weights and Measures Week is significant as it marks the signing of the first weights and measures law by John Adams on March 2, 1799,” said Charlene Carveth, Sealer of Weights and Measures of El Dorado County. “During this time, we have seen a number of advancements, from mechanical devices to highly sophisticated software-based weighing and measuring instruments and now apps used on smart phones.”

The County inspectors are working every day testing devices in gasoline stations, supermarkets, and farmers’ markets to ensure a fair and equitable marketplace. Inspectors also verify that advertised prices match what is charged at the checkout counter, and the amount of product inside the box matches the claims on the outside.

The department can be reached at 530-621-5520 for any questions or complaints about transactions involving weighting and measuring devices.