Average weight systems which ensure packages contain, on average, at least the stipulated weight printed on the package according to regulations. The regulations apply to most goods which are pre-packed in pre-determined quantities by weight or volume, including most foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs.
Where your product has an e mark, it is a legal requirement that you meet the average weight rules and be able to prove (through records) that you have done so. The average weight rules are split into what they call the ‘3 packers rules’. If trading standards were to visit you, they would want to see evidence of your compliance all 3 packers rules. Generally customers usually meet the average weight rule, but forget to comply with the other two rules.
The 3 packers rules are:
It sounds complicated and it is a little, but there are 2 really important points to understand first:
It’s important that you understand what ‘a batch’ is, as there are a few rules around what can be defined as a batch.
A batch must be:
Once you have established the batch, you must work out how many samples are required to be assessed per batch.
The legislation states that the sampling rate must be at least 50 packs per 10,000 packs produced, the minimum time to produce 10,000 packs is 1 hour and the maximum allowed is 1 day. Here’s a guide: