Trade measurement laws regulate the retail and wholesale sale of fruit and vegetables.
When you sell fruits and vegetables by weight you must ensure the measurement is accurate.
If you use a scale to weigh and sell fruit and vegetables that aren’t pre-packaged, you must ensure that:
It is your responsibility to make sure your scale is correct at all times.
We recommend that you have all your scales checked regularly by a technician licensed by NMI (servicing licensee). For a list of servicing licensees, email email@example.com.
If you sell pre-packaged fruit and vegetables in bags, trays or any other form of packaging, you must make sure that you:
You should print weight statements either on labels attached to the package or directly on the package itself. When you pack and sell fruit and vegetables on the same premises, you can hand-write the statement.
The weight statement must be:
In addition, if the packages are not all the same weight, you must mark the total price and price per kilogram either:
Read the Guide to the sale of pre-packaged goods to find out more.
You may sell some pre-packaged produce by number or bunch. If you sell fruit and vegetables by number, you must mark the packaging with the accurate count except when the package:
The specific fruits and vegetables that can be sold by number when pre-packaged are listed in the Approval for the sale of products by number or linear or area measurement.
NMI employs trade measurement inspectors throughout Australia. We regularly inspect fruit and vegetables being sold to ensure that sellers are following the correct process.
If an inspector finds that you are short-measuring your customers, you could be fined up to $222,000 per offence.
To find out more about trade measurement laws or report a suspected breach contact the trade measurement helpline:
Last updated: 8 December 2020
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