Trading standards - weights and measures

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We protect consumers from receiving a short weight or measure of goods they buy.

We do this by: 

  • regularly inspecting businesses to test all forms of weighing and measuring equipment in trade use. This includes petrol pumps, shop scales, weighbridges and intoxicating liquor measuring equipment
  • carrying out reference tests on goods at packing depots to ensure the correct quantities are packaged
  • offering advice to businesses on all legal aspects of weights and measures - for more information see our Weights and Measures advice for businesses
  • responding to complaints from consumers and businesses who suspect they may have received the incorrect weight or measure.

The Citizens Advice consumer service provides free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues. Visit the Advice Guide webpages or call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

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