17th July Supermarkets went Metric for the Millenium

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The Year 2000 started with European legislation coming into force in our food supermarkets.


Loose goods had to be sold in metric at the point of sale, Imperial pricing/measures were to be phased out of the labelling.


Tesco cleverly found a loophole in this law. It then was able to put both metric and imperial measures on its product packaging and shelving.


Ukip campaigned “metric martyrs” and a petition of 5,000 signatures were presented to 10 Downing street to support the reintroduction again of Imperial measures. Its Master minder Steve Thoburn was later convicted of breaking the 1985 Weights and Measures Act. The public supported his hefty court costs but he was refused right to appeal.


People wanting lbs and oz, pounds and ounces back. This was in support of a survey that showed people still think of imperial measures when weighing their produce. Online shoppers had been making mistakes ordering by the kilo thinking it was the same as lbs. Smaller shops had not been using metric a lot of confusion. Labelling in both sets of measures, Dual Labelling was allowed until 2009.

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