Food manufacturing inspector Food quality control inspector, food safety officer
Food manufacturing inspectors make sure companies meet hygiene and safety standards, and that products are safe to eat.
1. Entry requirements
You’ll usually need:
- a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, science and maths
- experience in food production
- excellent knowledge of food laws
Some employers will also expect you to have qualifications in food technology, biological science or chemistry. Others may ask for experience as a qualified environmental health officer.
You’ll also need food hygiene certificates.
2. Skills required
- attention to detail
- communication skills
- IT skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- inspecting conditions in slaughterhouses and processing plants
- carrying out quality control checks
- testing samples of raw ingredients and processed products
- analysing and presenting results
- making sure production processes meet hygiene regulations
- training production staff in the importance of safety standards
- checking labelling and packaging
- writing quality reports
- advising companies about making improvements, and issuing warning notices
Starter: £15,500 to £19,000
Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000
Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000
Some inspectors are paid based on the number of premises they visit, with a rate of between £30 and £50 an inspection.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, although spot checks could be made at any time.
You’ll travel between food production premises, so you’ll need a driving licence and access to transport.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience you could become a food safety manager, coordinating the work of a team of inspectors.
You could also move into environmental health or food science after training.
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Last updated: 21 August 2017