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Curbing credit card skimmers at fuel dispensers protects consumers

By on July 17, 2017

Identity theft is a growing problem, affecting both consumers and businesses. In the last year, there has been an increasing number of reports in North Carolina of skimming devices being found inside of fuel dispensers to collect the credit and

Standards inspectors check scales for accuracy

By on January 4, 2017

New Year’s resolutions got you thinking about stepping on the bathroom scale? While our inspectors might not be checking that scale for accuracy, they do check scales that are used for commercial sale. This includes scales at the grocery store,

NCDA&CS 2016 in review

By on December 30, 2016

For a department that touches the life of each and every N.C. resident on a regular basis, it’s tough to come up with a year in review that’s not the size of a small town’s phone book. The NCDA&CS has

News Roundup

News Roundup: Nov. 19-25

By on November 25, 2016

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Christmas tree harvest not affected by drought, experts say,” Watauga Democrat: In the coming days

Today's Topic

Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS in planning stages for new laboratory complex

By on May 10, 2016

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” In March, North Carolina voters approved the Connect NC bond package. The bond contained $94 million to help the department build a new

Produce scales part of seasonal inspections by Standards employees

By on May 2, 2016

It’s the time of year when things get a lot more colorful — and delicious. May is the month that many seasonal farmers markets and roadside stands begin to open around the state. It’s also the time that NCDA&CS Standards

Board of Agriculture gets update on proposed laboratory

By on April 15, 2016

Planning has begun for a new facility that would bring five NCDA&CS laboratories into one location, members of the N.C. Board of Agriculture were told at their April 14 meeting. The Connect NC bond package that voters approved in March contained $94

Field Trip: Riding along with a motor fuels inspector

By on March 2, 2016

Most people pull up to the gas station about once a week to fill up their tank. Valerie Thoms, an inspector with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, pulls her mobile inspection lab to the gas station about

National Weights and Measures Week celebrates how inspectors touch your life daily

By on March 1, 2016

On a typical day you might think about your upcoming trip to the grocery store or maybe your weekend plans out of town. What you probably don’t think about is whether you are paying the correct price at the store or

Cramped conditions in a laboratory

Q&A about the proposed NCDA&CS laboratory

By on February 17, 2016

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is proposing to construct a new co-located laboratory complex that would replace the following five labs: Veterinary Diagnostic, Food and Drug Protection, Structural Pest Control and Pesticides, Standards, and Motor Fuels. What