Any business that uses a commercial or industrial scale is probably aware of the importance of using one. Profits, fairness to the consumer or client, and legal regulations for food packaging are all good motivations for making sure that weight and measurements of your product are accurate.

Regulations and Guidelines

All industries have their own regulations and legal guidelines they need to abide by. Businesses that deal with food have many legal reasons to not take shortcuts in weighing items just to save a few seconds of work, or worse to try and spread how far a product will go. Whether you deal B2B or B2C, the FDA’s regulations for food packaging are about more than health concerns and false advertising. FDA code  21 CFR 100.100 is a directive that addresses packaging for any food product. A past practice of some food companies has been to do what’s known as excessive “slack fill”. “Slack-fill is the difference between the actual capacity of a container and the volume of product contained therein.”

Repercussions for Mislabeled Food

Repercussions for mislabeled food, which includes packages not containing the amount it’s labeled as having, varies. A first offense could result in a $1000 fine and/or a maximum sentence of one year in federal prison. “A subsequent violation, or if the violation occurred ‘with the intent to defraud or mislead,’ may be charged as a felony and upon conviction is punishable by up to three years in prison and/or a maximum $10,000 fine.” Not only can inaccurate measurements result in these kinds of legal repercussions, but it could also affect the image and reputation of your company regardless, costing you customers/clients both new and longstanding.

Using the Correct Scale

With the help of Yamato’s scales, you can avoid all the unwanted legal consequences that could result from a mis-weighed item and ensure a positive business reputation with your clients/customers. Not sure what kind of scale is right for you? Check out our page that talks about the different scales we offer and some helpful tips on determining which scale is best for your needs.

For additional information about FDA regulations addressing Fill Standards see:

  • 21 CFR 130.12  addresses methodology for measuring and calculating “the fill” of a container
  • 21 CFR 130.14(b) regulates the labeling of food product of “substandard quality” and “substandard fill.”