The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) always gives us advice to be able to deal with a series of problems in defense of the people themselves against large companies, and recently there was controversy where many consumers have been weighing many products purchased in supermarkets, giving a lower weight than what is put on the labelled.
This has caused many consumers go to consumption or even some associationto denounce that the product purchased has less weight than that stated on the label, but the OCU wants to be clear to these consumers with a series of guidelines on weighing the product, since it is not the same to do it at home than in a specialized laboratory.
And it is that what is clear is that some foods weigh less than what they say, but if it is less than what is indicated on the label, that does not mean that they are kidding us.
And it is that the association clarifies that if we weigh a product at home we must take into account that the weight of our house may be poorly calibrated since the use and time will make it lose accuracy.
On the other hand, for it to be an exact weight, the product must be on a well-leveled surface, rest well and not protrude, along with other precautions. On the other hand, in order to measure the entire content, it should not be emptied and weighed, since the laboratories weigh it full and closed.
On the other hand, it should be clarified that the legislation allows general weight tolerances depending on the weight of the container:
On the other hand, to know the amount that may be missing in some containers of a certain weight, the minimum weight must be taken into account:
They explain that these limits have been set because sometimes it is difficult to have the exact weight, for example a can of sardines or a jar of asparagus cannot be put in pieces to complete the weight.
From the OCU they clarify that all their specialists check the weight of the products, but that with some frequency lower weights than advertised are foundalthough they have never detected a weight that exceeded the legislated limits.
But you can claim, and these are the options according to the OCU
In any case, they clarify that if you are totally convinced and believe that you have been deceived with the weight, you can put a claim sheet in the establishment.
The other option you have is to take the closed container to an OMIC or to a municipal laboratory to check the weight effectively and correctly.
In this way, what the consumer association itself says is very important when you weigh certain products at home.