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DATCP touts accuracy during ‘Weights and Measures Week’

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection wants to make sure drivers get what they pay for when getting gas.

Throughout the year, inspectors at DATCP test product scales, registers, gas pumps and fuel quality at stores throughout the state to make sure quality is high.

The tests are recognized from March 1 to March 7, known as 'Weights and Measures Week' nationwide. It commemorates President John Adams signing the first weights and measures legislation into law in the U.S. on March 2, 1799.

After the DATCP finishes its inspections, reps say you can check your pump for its approval.

"You will notice a blue and white sticker on the dispenser, and it usually [says] 'the state of Wisconsin,' and that demonstrates, we've checked the dispenser for the weights and measures, [and it's] dispensing correctly, and you can be assured that we tested that fuel product as well, [to] make sure it's fit for purpose," said Justin Lien a lab director at DATCP.

In 2019 alone, the DATCP team reports it inspected more than 6,800 businesses across the state multiple times and found gas pumps were providing the correct amount of fuel in nearly all the tests. Prices were accurate in 98% of tests.

Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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