The work performed by Weights and Measures Officials touches the lives of all residents and visitors in Monterey County. Their work represents one of the oldest efforts of consumer protection and traces its origins to the Code of Hammurabi, the Magna Carta and the United States Constitution. Enforcement of California weights and measures laws and regulation, is the responsibility of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and its Division of Measurement Standards (DMS).
Under the authority of the Secretary of the CDFA, appointed County Sealers carry out the vast majority of enforcement activities at the local level. In Monterey County this is administered by the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and its Division of Weights and Measures. Their responsibilities are to (1) ensure the accuracy of commercial and weighing devices; (2) verify the quantity of both bulk and packaged commodities; (3) enforce quality, advertising and labeling standards for most petroleum products; and (4) enforce weighmaster laws to assure accuracy of certified weights and commercial transactions of bulk commodities.
Consumer confidence can only be gained by ensuring that shoppers get what they pay for. To maintain fair competition and value comparison in the marketplace, it is incumbent upon Weights and Measures inspectors to preserve and maintain the United States standards of measurement and to verify the accuracy of commercial weighing and measuring devices.