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Celebrating Weights and Measures Week March 1-7

CDFA joins colleagues across the nation in celebrating National Weights and Measures Week, March 1 -7. This observance commemorates President John Adams’ signing of the first United States weights and measures law on March 2, 1799. Also, in 1850 when California became a … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: Measurement Standards = Marketplace Fairness

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#CDFACentennial – Centennial Reflections video series with Kristin Macey

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a state agency in 2019. Throughout the year this blog will feature a number of items to commemorate this milestone. Today we continue with the Centennial Reflections video … Continue reading

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A look at weights and measures – from the Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen Note – CDFA’s Division of Measurement Standards works closely with county sealers of weights and measures who, under the supervision and direction of the CDFA secretary, carry out the vast majority of weights and measures enforcement activities … Continue reading

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Hydrogen Fuel Testing: Secretary Ross at CDFA’s Measurement Standards office in Anaheim

California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross is in Southern California today to check in on the department’s various projects, including a visit to the Anaheim office of CDFA’s Division of Measurement Standards where staff conducts hydrogen fuel testing to detect contaminants like … Continue reading

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Weights and Measures Week March 1-7 celebrates fairness in the marketplace

Each year, Weights and Measures Week is observed March 1-7 in the U.S., commemorating the signing of the first weights and measures law and celebrating the weights and measures inspectors who protect consumers and provide a level playing field for … Continue reading

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CDFA helps nail down lumber standards – from the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Before you line up at the cash register in a building-materials store, you might want to ask yourself: Is that 8-foot, 2×4 board you’re about to buy actually 8 feet long and really 1.5 inches thick by 3.5 inches wide?* State and local inspectors … Continue reading

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Arrrrr – Pirates may be responsible for U.S. rejection of the metric system – from the New York Post

By Lauren Tousignant The United States could be using the metric system — the universal system of measurement that every industrialized nation uses except the U.S. — if it wasn’t for a bunch of pirates 224 years ago. French philosophers … Continue reading

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Beware: it’s “skimmer” fraud season

Credit card crime happens all year long – but right now, when holiday travel and transactions are on the upswing, credit criminals are at their busiest. It’s a good time to learn what we’re doing to protect your credit/debit transactions … Continue reading

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Consumer tips for roadside stands – from the Fresno Bee’s “Action Line”

By Blair Looney, Better Business Bureau A reader: I was driving to work this morning and saw a booth space in a public parking lot that said they had meat for sale. It looked comparable to a fireworks booth. The … Continue reading

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