Category Archives: Measurement Standards

Celebrating Fairness and Accuracy in the Marketplace: March 1-7 is National Weights and Measures Week

A taxi fare, an ounce of gold, a pound of butter, a milligram of medication, a ton of rice, an acre of land, a gallon of gas … What do they have in common? We get what we pay for … Continue reading

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Video: Measurement standards protect consumers and businesses in commercial transactions

This video by the California Department of Food and Agriculture features Kristin Macey, director of the department’s Division of Measurement Standards, explaining the importance of preserving and enforcing uniform standards of measurement to protect both consumers and businesses in commercial … Continue reading

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Measurement Standards: It All Started Down on the Farm…

When you go to the supermarket and you buy a gallon of milk or a pound of oranges, how do you know you’re getting your money’s worth? How about a quart of oil, or an acre of land, or a … Continue reading

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Hydrogen Highway Update: Public fueling stations one step closer to “go” thanks to CDFA’s expertise

The recent christening of a hydrogen fuel dispenser at the Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility at Cal State Los Angeles (CSULA) represents a significant milestone in California’s ongoing efforts to counter climate change. The station is the first of its … Continue reading

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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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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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