Many of our customers often ask us to explain the difference between a Trade Approved Bench Scale and a Non-Trade Approved. To keep it simply we always respond with a question:
“Do you work in an industry where weight affects the price of what you’re selling?”
If the answer is Yes, then you need a Trade Approved Bench Scale.
So, what does it mean?
An approved bench scale, or retail scale, means it has been certified by a governmental body or recognised authority to comply with set regulations. The scale can be utilised to sell products based on the weight, giving customers what they pay for.
In the UK, these scales are tested by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), an independent Government department working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to protect public health and consumers’ wider interests in food. Once the agency has approved a certain scale for trading, set machine needs to carry the relevant markings, making them visible to the public.
Other terms you may come across when searching for a bench scale online are:
- Trade Stamped
- Class II or Class III
- EC Stamped
- Trading Standards Approved
Different Types of Trade-Approved Bench Scales
Often, Trade Approved Retail Scales feature a front and back digital display, allowing both the seller and the buyer to clearly see the weight and the price of the goods.
At Scale Supply UK, we hold a range of scales in stock, available to purchase online with nationwide delivery. The most popular trade approved scale is the Digi Price Computing Scale. With an IP68 waterproof protection, this portable scale is perfect for butchers, fishmongers, meat traders, market stalls and smaller shops where it needs to withstand regular use, particularly in wet or humid conditions.
With many years of experience, our team is set to provide our customers with a vast range of trade and non-trade approved bench scales to buy online, with a fast-nationwide delivery and full manufacturers warranty. Browse the selection or contact us on 01254 920 066. Follow us on Twitter @ScaleSupplyUK for all the latest product offers.