Author Archives: Kristin Macey, Director, CDFA Division of Measurement Standards

Taking Measure of Farm-to-Fork – It’s Weights and Measures Week

With the “Farm to Fork” concept getting more and more attention, it’s worth noting that it’s essential to maintain the integrity of commerce as food products move from farm to fork. In observing National Weights and Measures week (March 1-7), … Continue reading

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Diesel Fuel Substitute Shows Promise – CDFA Partnering in Test Project

A new fuel will soon be powering some vehicles in a test project in California. Volvo’s heavy truck division is partnering with an innovative California start-up, Oberon Fuels, to develop Dimethyl Ether (DME) as a diesel engine fuel replacement, at … Continue reading

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National Weights and Measures Week Marks 100 Years of State of California Oversight

    “Weights & Measures may be ranked among the necessaries of life to every individual of human society.”  -John Quincy Adams, sixth US president. In celebrating National Weights and Measures Week (March 1-7), we are recognizing a U.S. system of weights … Continue reading

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New Algae-Based Biodiesel Meets State Fuel Quality Standards

The Department of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) has tested samples of a new 20 percent biodiesel blend fuel made from algae and is happy to report that the fuel is compliant with California’s quality specification for … Continue reading

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Buyer beware during the holiday season – check those prices!

It’s that time of year again. Holiday shopping is already underway and will increase in earnest during the Thanksgiving weekend. As frugal consumers, it’s time for us to note the advertisements, synchronize our shopping lists, and hope to strike a … Continue reading

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CDFA helps reel in catch of short measure tuna cans

You may have heard recently that some of the largest tuna packagers in the country agreed to pay several million dollars to settle a case that started with the discovery that cans of tuna contained less fish than required by … Continue reading

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Measuring the Olympics

The Olympic Games are one of the greatest international stages in the world, with the best athletes coming together for feats of skill, strength and endurance. But medal winners rely on more than just ability.  A precise system of measurements, … Continue reading

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Alternative Fuels in California

It’s been a watershed few weeks for alternative fuels in California with more than $30 million in grant funding announced recently by the California Energy Commission for research, development and distribution. At CDFA, we pay close attention to the distribution … Continue reading

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World Metrology Day 2012 Honors the “Weight of the World”

First things first: this blog post is about metrology, not meteorology. Meteorology is the study of the Earth’s atmosphere and weather. Metrology is the science of measurement. Both are important sciences that impact our everyday lives, but in different ways. A little … Continue reading

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Measuring Their Worth: What “Weights and Measures” Mean to California

“Every penny counts” may be an old quote, but it rings just as true today.  The average price of gasoline has shot up to over $4.00 per gallon again.  Plenty of people will do the math and maybe drive a … Continue reading

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