This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to traders. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law. A large print version is available.
Prepacked products and loose goods must be weighed and priced in grams and kilograms.
The types of goods affected by this include fruit and vegtables, meat and meat products like sausages and cooked meats, poultry, fish and other seafoods, and cheese and other dairy products. Non-food products sold loose by weight - such as nails - are also be controlled. Goods sold by length or measure must also be in metric ie metres and litres. We have produced this advice to tell you how this affects you as a retailer.
Q. How should loose goods be weighed?
A. Loose goods should be sold in metric by the gram or kilogram. This is in line with pre-packed goods making it easier for consumers to compare prices.
Q. How must I sell these goods?
A. If you sell loose goods:
Q. How do I explain the method of weighing to my customers?
A. There are a number of ways you can help your consumers get used to metric weights:
Q. What if customers continue to ask for goods in ounces or pounds?
A. Simply supply the equivalent weight in grams or kilograms and let the customer know that's what you're doing
Q. What about advertising?
A. Weights and prices must also be quoted in advertisements or on posters
NB some conversions are approximate
Reviewed November 2010
B/wei/012/005 July 2003