Tag Archives: USC

Then there were two

We ask if it is time for supporters of so-called British weights and measures to come to terms with the fact that only two systems of weights and measures are recognised world wide, and British aka Imperial is not one of … Continue reading

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Supplementary Indications revisited

Supplementary indications received a reprieve in 2007, and will now, subject to the Brexit deal negotiated with the EU, need to serve only the needs of the UK economy. Ronnie Cohen wonders where US influence is likely to lead us. Likes(3)Dislikes(1)

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Is the proposed EU-US trade agreement doomed?

We have updated an article that was first published in 2013. Likes(3)Dislikes(1)

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A skirmish across the Pond

Readers may be interested in a recent exchange of views between Clay Rogers, a journalist with a newspaper in Iowa, and Paul Trusten, Vice President of UKMA’s sister organisation in the USA. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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US package labelling may be catching up

– but don’t hold your breath. One of our regular readers in the USA reports on the latest moves to permit metric-only labelling of packaging. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Are imperial units ‘British’?

Continuing with our series on myths, misinformation and fallacies, we look at the claim occasionally made by defenders of imperial units that they are British and that they should continue in use for this reason. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Panama catches up

Readers may have come across news stories concerning the conversion of petrol pumps in Panama from US gallons to litres. In this article, Metric Views aims to provide some background information. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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How US labelling requirements undermine honest labelling in the UK

On EU product labels, metric units are mandatory whereas non-metric units are optional. On US product labels, both metric and US customary (USC) units are mandatory for most products. So a company that wants to sell a product in the EU … Continue reading

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Will EU-US trade agreement bring in metric-only labelling in the US?

A key point of President Obama’s State of the Union address on 13 February was the proposed EU-US trade agreement, which has been under preliminary discussion for the past year. (See http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/13/state-of-the-union-free-trade-europe).  As this agreement is supposed to remove regulatory barriers … Continue reading

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The use and abuse of fluid ounces

We look at some of the consequences when there is more than one option for supplementary units on product labels. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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