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Gas pumps are inspected annually in Wisconsin, and consumers are getting what they pay for.

Wisconsinites are getting what they pay for, and sometimes a little more.

This is the week (National Weights and Measures Week) to fete the state's inspectors, who check and recheck the thousands of gas pumps, price scanners, register scales and packaged weights at retailers, to make sure when you buy a gallon of gas, you are getting a gallon of gas.

The over 220,000 inspections conducted at 6,287 businesses in 2016 produced just a tiny bit of discrepancy, and that usually was to the consumer's benefit.

"Shoppers at Wisconsin stores were charged accurately or even undercharged around 99 percent of the time at the gas pump and store register in 2016," said Frank Frassetto, division administrator for trade and consumer protection in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Over 44,000 gas pumps were checked and consumers were charged the right amount or even a little less 99.6 percent of the time; almost 99 percent of the more than 58,000 prices checked were accurate; 99.7 percent of scales checked were accurate; and 98.4 percent of the over 100,000 package weights inspected were accurate.

Package weight accuracy went up 1.3 percent from a year ago.

"Wisconsin businesses work hard to keep the market fair for consumers, and that is clearly represented in the annual results," Frassetto said.

Weights and Measures inspectors ordered changes at locales were inaccuracies were found, but some retailers were repeat offenders, and ended up paying over $200,000 in civil forfeiture settlements.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.