Aug 12, 2014 1:14 PM by KATC
Inspectors with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) are responding during recent weeks to questions by consumers and business owners regarding electronic price scanners and the reason for annual registration and inspection.
Agriculture Department officials say they're simply trying to "ensure the price is right."
"The Weights and Measures Division of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is charged with the responsibility to verify the accuracy of scanners and electronic pricing systems in all retail stores. It is one more thing we do to protect the consumer," said Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
The National Conference on Weights and Measures established the Price Verification Working Group in 1993 in response to public concerns about the price accuracy of electronic systems in retail stores. Inspections are performed annually in all retail stores that utilize scanners and other electronic pricing devices in charging their customers for goods and services. The goal of the program is to maintain customer confidence in retail pricing practices and technologies and provide economic benefits for both the consumer and businesses.
"We're just trying to remind consumers and business owners that this is one of the LDAF's regulatory functions. We need to be able to check their equipment to make sure people are getting what they pay for at the price they are supposed to be paying," said Strain.
To pay for this program, Louisiana requires that all scanning devices have an annual registration fee. The amount of the fee varies depending upon on the number of scanners per retail location.
Consumers who believe they may have been overcharged or businesses that need to register their devices should call the Division of Weights and Measures at 225-925-3780.