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Food Safety Specialist

 

Overview:

Food Safety Specialists are responsible for meeting food safety standards.  They oversee that foods are processed, packaged, and prepared according to those specific standards .The standards can be implemented by their company or regulatory organizations.

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Review tests and analysis completed by company
  • Prepare reports on each company, restaurant or business visited
  • Compute formulas, percentages or production specific factors using chemical and mathematical procedures
  • Recommend changes with marketers and processors if conditions are not up to standard regulations
  • Investigate compliances
  • Sample and identify, if any, bacterial or non-desirable excess material
  • Prepare graphs, charts and reports from test results
  • Observe employees and daily procedures to assure quality control standards are met
  • Oversee and inspect procedures performed by each operating unit and team
  • Meet with company management and maintain relationship
  • Perform quality control analysis including tests and inspections of products and processes
  • Train and effectively communicate food safety policies to all company employees and growers
  • Accompany customers and 3rd party auditors on field audits, inspections, and quality monitoring
  • Attend annual customer meetings, industry events, and continuing education classes

 

What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Microbiology or Environmental Health.

 

To pursue a career in Food Safety Specialist:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, biology, chemistry and mathematics.

 

Typical Employers:

Typical employers include food production companies and government inspection agencies.

 

Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Food Safety is projected to be good to excellent.

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Council for Food Safety and Quality
  • Institute of Food Technologist
  • National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research