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TRENTON, N.J. — The global economy depends on a reliable, trustworthy system of weights and measures, and in Mercer County, the Department of Weights and Measures plays an essential role in our economic recovery by protecting buyers and sellers in virtually all transactions of goods. To recognize this vital element of our free market society, Mercer County celebrates Weights and Measures Week, Keeping Pace for the Future, March 1-7, 2010.

National Weights and Measures week commemorates the anniversary of the date when President John Adams signed the first weights and measures law in the United States on March 2, 1799.

“During the 105 year history of our country’s weights and measures laws, we have seen advancements that our forefathers could never have imagined,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “In fact, Mercer County was one of the first counties to employ the use of a computer software program to ensure our local merchants were in compliance with the law and to give confidence to our consumers that they are getting exactly what they paid for, whether it’s a gallon of gas or a gallon of milk.”

Mercer Weights and Measures tests the accuracy of gasoline pumps, commercial scales, meters, price scanners and published weights on retail and wholesale packages.

“Weights and Measures might be one of the least known services provided to our residents by Mercer County, but it is one of the most important in that is serves to protect buyers and sellers in every transaction,” added Hughes.

The number of devices inspected by division staff in 2009 was 5,287; more than 15,600 packages were checked, and 42 consumer complaints were investigated.