SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The state lab
charged with monitoring commercial measuring devices such as supermarket scales
and gas station meters to ensure that they're accurate has been recertified.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture's Metrology Lab has been awarded
a two-year certificate of traceability by the National Institute of Standards
and Technology after an evaluation of its proficiency and operations.
The lab's calibration and measurement capabilities were evaluated by the
institute, in addition to the lab's equipment, quality control systems and
Agriculture officials say the lab protects consumers and businesses from
unfair practices by ensuring that the standards used to test weighing and
measuring devices are precise.