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State sets meeting for scale service companies

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Department of Agriculture officials are asking all licensed scale service companies to attend a meeting to discuss the low accuracy rate of heavy-capacity scales.

The meeting will be June 27 at the department's Topeka headquarters.

Tim Tyson, director of the department's Division of Weights and Measures, said in a letter that large scale accuracy rates are lower than in recent years. Thbe state also has a new policy requiring a third party to place scales on new scale installations.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/11EV1mx ) this week that state inspectors approved only 19 of the 72 heavy-capacity scales between July 2012 and February 2013. Almost half the scales did not meet state accuracy standards.

About 4,000 heavy capacity scales in Kansas weigh agricultural products, scrap metal, recyclables and other materials.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com