- Ensure meat products are produced in compliance with government standards for food safety and quality.
- Examine live animals, carcasses, and organs to ensure that meat products are safe to eat and that they are free from contamination.
- Examine carcasses closely for signs of disease and consult with veterinarians and lab technicians to conduct additional testing if a problem is suspected.
- Monitoring and maintaining accurate recording of industry data.
- Collect of samples for laboratory analysis.
- Communicate on quality and safety of product with clients and their employees.
- Inspect food products and processing procedures to determine whether products are safe to eat.
- Ensuring the removal of any product not fit for human consumption.
- Regularly inspect the facilities and equipment used in slaughtering and meat processing operations.
- Monitor the operations and sanitary conditions of slaughtering or meat processing plants.
- Ensure meat labels are accurate.
- Check to see that any preparation instructions intended for consumer use are correct.
- Verify that transportation and handling procedures meet regulatory requirements.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Ability to think critically and make objective evaluation decisions.
- Maintain high ethical standard to quality strongly required.
- Good vision and ability to distinguish shades of color
The minimum education requirement for agricultural commodity inspectors is a high school diploma plus related experience or training. However, a related post-secondary diploma or degree (for example, in agriculture, animal health technology or food science) is a definite asset.Work is done inside a processing plant, often on kill floors or further down the line were carcasses are skinned and gutted. Loud noises and odours may be commonly encountered. Strict sanitation protocols are to be followed in every facility.
Education and Training:
The completion of at least a two year Associates degree is required. Federal government meat inspectors undergo a three-year on-the-job training program. Alberta government inspectors undergo a two-year on-the-job training program. Professional development courses on an ongoing basis is required to keep up to date.
Wages and Salary:
Average wage: $26.96 per hour
Average salary (Alberta): $53,543.00 per annum