USDA & GIPSA announce new scale testing regulations

February 8, 2011

Are you aware of the new changes in scale testing regulations?

USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration has adopted changes in its scale testing regulations, setting out a more specific scale testing schedule. The new regulations, effective Feb. 22, require the first of two annual tests to be completed between Jan. 1 – June 30 of the calendar year, with the second between July 1 – Dec. 31, with a minimum of 120 days between tests. More frequent testing will still be required where a scale does not maintain accuracy between tests, GIPSA said.

GIPSA has provided an exception for the testing of scales used on a limited seasonal basis. A seasonal scale is one used from either January 1 through June 30, or July 1 through December 31, but not during both periods. GIPSA will require that these scales be tested once during the calendar year, within the 6 months prior to use.

For more information, be sure to visit GIPSA's website