Today, when the average consumer walks into a grocery store to buy a pound of beef, there is little doubt that what he is buying is exactly one pound of beef. Yet, a century ago, the story was much different.
A pound at one store could easily be a pound and a half at another store. It is likely then, that the average consumer paid more or less for their purchase than what it was worth. Concerns over these disparities led to the first Weights and Measures law in 1799, signed by President John Adams. The National Bureau of Standards continues to uphold this law for all retailers selling commercial products.
Today, retailers are accustomed to abiding by regulation standards and weights laws. These laws vary slightly from state to state, depending upon the Division of Standards within the state. Some states uphold stricter laws, while others allow for exemptions as long as the retailer can ensure the customer is paying the appropriate price. Depending on the industry, a retailer can satisfy the law in several ways.
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