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Checkout Scanner Accuracy Reports, Press Releases, and Articles

A survey conducted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Weights and Measures offices in 37 jurisdictions in 1996 resulted in a report that was released about the accuracy of prices in stores with electronic checkout scanners. Another study was conducted in 1998 as a follow-up to the 1996 report. The 1998 press releases, reports, and articles are linked below. The 1996 report is no longer available on the web, although you may obtain a copy from the Federal Trade Commission at: Public Reference, FTC, Washington, D.C. 20580, (202) 326-2222.

  1. "Price Check: A Report on the Accuracy of Checkout Scanner" (October, 1996 Scanners)
  2. "Milk: Does it Measure Up?" (July, 1997 Milk)
  3. "Milk: Does it Measure Up? One Year Later - A Report on the Accuracy of Net Content Labeling of Milk" (August, 1998 Milk)
  4. Price Check II Scanner Accuracy Press Release (December, 1998)
  5. Price Check II - A Follow-up Report on the Accuracy of Checkout Scanner Prices (December, 1998)

Seafood Forum

May 28, 2009 - National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST Gaithersburg, MD)

The forum was held to discuss the problem and solutions to short net weight fraud occurring in the Seafood industry. The meeting was a collaborative effort attended by 30 participants (see attached) representing Federal Agencies from Customs and Border Protection (CBP),Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); State Weights and Measures Officials from California, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota (teleconference), New York, Virginia, and Wisconsin; Trade Associations from American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), Better Seafood Board (BSB), International Food Distributors Association (IFDA), National Association of Attorney Generals (NAAG), and National Fisheries Institute (NFI). Also participating were industry representatives from Maritime Products International, Pilot Brands, and Shinnecock Ocean Seafood - A Native American Company.

  1. Seafood Forum Agenda [PDF]
  2. Seafood Attendee List [PDF]
  3. NFI Weddig GAO Report [PDF]
  4. State Seafood Slides [PDF]
  5. NFI Weddig Addressing Fraud [PDF]
  6. Seafood Forum Report [PDF]

Stored Vehicle Tare

  1. Report on the First Meeting of the National Working Group [PDF]
  2. California Tare Presentation [PPT] [PDF]
  3. National Stored Vehicle Tare Study 2005 to 2006 [DOC] [PDF]
  4. The Use of Inaccurate Tare Weights in Vehicle Weighing [PPT] [PDF]
  5. National Stored Tare Vehicle Study Concludes, November 2006 [PDF]
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