Weights and Measures (150)

Weights and Measures

Massachusetts law requirements for weights and measures

Scales
  • All scales must be inspected and sealed prior to being used in commercial transactions.

  • The scale should be inspected and sealed from the “home” location of the seller and must be current (2012).

  • The City of Boston honors current seals from other jurisdictions.

  • All scales must be “legal for trade.”

  • All scales must be suitable for the commodity that is being weighed.

  • The scale must be so positioned so the customer can clearly see the weighing operation and scale indications.

  • All scales must always maintain a reading of zero without anything on the scale.

Commodities 
  • All fruits and vegetables must be sold by avoirdupois weight, standard container or numerical count, provided that if sold by standard container or count, that method is suitable for the specific commodity being sold.

  • All meats, poultry or fish must be sold by weight.

  • All sales by weight must be the “net weight” of the product.

  • Any product sold that is prepackaged, must have the net contents declared on the package.

  • If prepackaged products are random weights, a suitable scale must be available and if the customer so requests, that item must be reweighed for their viewing.

Pricing
  • All commodities exposed for sale must bear a plain and conspicuous price declaration.

  • Prepackaged products that are random weights must have the net weight, price per pound and total price declared on the package.

Enforcement
  • Failure to adhere to Massachusetts Laws may result in the seller temporarily not being able to sell their products, confiscation of illegal devices, civil fines and criminal prosecution.

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