There are many users who have stated through social networks that the food products they have purchased they do not bring the same amount as indicated on the label itself. Bring less.

This is a very recurring complaint, so the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) wanted to give an answer to all those affected: “Regarding the weight, if it is less than what the label indicates, It’s not so clear that they’re kidding us.”

Why does it weigh less than what is indicated?

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First of all, the problem between the difference in weight that is indicated and the real one can simply be an error. For example, your home scale may be poorly calibrated or, with use, become less accurate: “A well-balanced and accurate weight over time may lose accuracy if not calibrated from time to time.

On the other hand, to measure the weight of the product correctly, it must be measured on a well-leveled surface, supported well, not protruding and another series of cares must be taken to do it properly. In addition, the OCU adds: “The most accurate and, as it is done in a laboratory, is to weigh it full and closed. The container is then emptied, washed and dried. It is done this way, because some products are difficult to herd.”

What does the law say?

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Likewise, it is necessary to take into account what the legislation says, since there are some tolerances regarding the weight that are legally allowed. The difference between what it really weighs and what is marked on the label is allowed in the following measures:

Weight tolerance allowed by law.

In addition, a single individual container could lack up to twice this amount, some limits that were set because, sometimes, it is difficult to know the exact weight.

The difference in weight between products

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THE OCU has checked the weight of the products and, frequently, they have found weights lower than those announced, but the legally established limits are almost never exceeded:

  • Meat or fish trays: Some meat or fish trays have a soaker to collect the water released by the food. Releasing water is a natural process, so when removing the food from the container and putting it back in, a loss of water occurs, it is impossible for the weight to match the indicated one.
  • In many packages it is common to see an “e” next to the weight (for example, e500 g). This means that a statistical control of effective weights is established in that factory in accordance with European regulations.
  • The volume: Many times, bags are sold that seem very full and are really half empty, such as those of chips. In these cases, the bags are inflated to protect the product. Many times that gas they carry is not air, but gases that facilitate conservation.