Inspectors at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency work at federally and provincially registered slaughterhouses, plants, or inspection laboratories. They inspect and certify products, focusing on key areas of specialization including fresh fruit and vegetable, dairy, grain, meat, plant protection, and fish.
- Inspect and certify food products
- Inspect food manufacturing and packaging facilities and slaughterhouses.
- Ensure that manufacturers posses all necessary licenses and permits.
- Provide recommendations to management regarding changes in facilities and operations.
- Prepare reports based on facility inspections.
- Analyze collected samples in a laboratory.
- Capture live animals in the field to test for diseases.
- Assess quality assurance and quality management programs
Work at federally and provincially registered slaughterhouses, plants, or inspection laboratories. Most of their time is spent on travelling to production facilities in order to conduct inspections.
Education and Qualifications:
The minimum educational requirement is post-secondary diploma with specialization in the technical sciences. In some positions, Bachelor’s degree with specialization in relevant fields, such as biology, chemistry, human ecology, environmental microbiology, food engineering or agriculture is preferred. Work experience can be an asset, but not necessary. CFIA will provide six-week training program (Pre-Requisite Employee Program (PREP)) for its new employees in order to provides them with a solid fundamental knowledge of being a professional inspector.
Desired skills include:
- Strong attention to detail
- Strong verbal communication skills are required when working with facility operators and staff to ensure safe food products and compliance with inspection regulations
- Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Ability to think critically and make objective evaluation decisions.
- Maintain high ethical standard to quality strongly required.
Salary and Wages:
Salary ranges from $39,550 to $97,522 per annum.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency. http://www.inspection.gc.ca/eng/1297964599443/1297965645317