The County division, in partnership with the California Division of Measurement Standards, inspects motor fuel for quality, proper octane, and contamination. The quality of other products such as brake fluid, motor oil, and anti-freeze is also checked. Product labeling, fuel dispenser labeling, and gasoline price signs are regulated.
Many materials ranging from concrete to agricultural commodities are sold in large bulk quantities. These products are sold or bought by certified weights. This program both prescribes the manner in which many of these commodities are sold and the method by which records of the quantities are recorded and maintained. The company which ascertains the quantity must be licensed by the California Division of Measurement Standards as a Weighmaster, thus assuring an accurate measurement.
The first priority of the division is to investigate consumer complaints if someone feels that they have been overcharged or the quantity of a product that they have purchased is misrepresented in some way, or the motor fuel they have bought is contaminated by water or particulate matter. Consumers have often brought a problem to the attention of the division which has lead to the prosecution of companies for overcharging or inaccurate weighing or measuring practices.