Post Content

Undersecretary Barbara AnthonyPosted by:
Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Thru the truck This week, our Division of Standards celebrated a new relationship with the Town of Burlington, with Division inspectors handling weights and measures duty in the town. This is a great partnership between state and local government, and expands our efforts to maintain and reinforce the trust between consumers and retailers.

We all buy gas on a regular basis, and we take for granted that we are pumping an accurate amount of fuel – at the appropriate octane level – into our cars. We don’t bring calculators to ensure the price is matching the amount pumped, and we certainly don’t have the tools to measure octane levels. (In the photo right, Inspector Marty McHardy (right) and Division of Standards Director Charles Carroll are testing a gas pump's accuracy.)

However, the Division of Standards does, and they do a fine job maintaining a level marketplace for businesses and consumers. A recent pre-Memorial Day inspection of 237 gas stations found only one that was delivering gas with inappropriate octane levels to drivers. The Division also checks item pricing and scanner accuracy, another successful area. Before the holidays, the Division checked 3,863 items at retailers’ scanners, and found the scanners to be 99.51 percent accurate.

With the addition of Burlington, the Division now provides weights and measures services to 62 communities across the Commonwealth. In speaking with town officials earlier this week, it was clear to me that Burlington is a community uniquely positioned to take advantage of our economic recovery. It is also clear that with the Division of Standard’s involvement in the community, residents will be able to count on that trust between consumers and retailers more than ever.

Written By:


Jayda Leder-Luis is the Communications Coordinator at the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation.

Recent Posts

First Time Homebuyers Prepare Themselves posted on Mar 13

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases a consumer will ever make. Although buying and owning a home may seem daunting, prospective Massachusetts homeowners have a wealth of resources to prepare themselves. HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and Community Development Corporations around Massachusetts provide   …Continue Reading First Time Homebuyers Prepare Themselves

Subfreezing Temperatures Don’t Have to Freeze Your Bank Account posted on Jan 9

Subfreezing Temperatures Don’t Have to Freeze Your Bank Account

As the nation has endured subfreezing temperatures this week and consumers are putting their thermostats to work, it might be a good idea to check in and see how efficient your heating system is running. In Massachusetts, MassSave, a statewide program sponsored by Massachusetts energy companies,  supports   …Continue Reading Subfreezing Temperatures Don’t Have to Freeze Your Bank Account

Consumer Affairs Survey Finds Lower-Cost Options for College Textbooks posted on Aug 22

Consumer Affairs Survey Finds Lower-Cost Options for College Textbooks

It’s about that time that students will begin to flock back to the Boston area and move into their apartments and dorms.  As they prepare for classes, one of the more expensive purchases will be their course materials, including the very expensive textbooks.  According to   …Continue Reading Consumer Affairs Survey Finds Lower-Cost Options for College Textbooks