Profession butcher

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Butchers or fishmongers in retail cut, trim or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat or fish for use or sale in retail establishments.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Tasks butcher

  • Order meat or fish supplies and maintain stocks.
  • Receive, inspect and store meat or fish upon delivery, and arrange payment.
  • Prepare standard or specially ordered cuts and products of meat or fish, e.g. cut, slice, trim, bone, shape, tie and grind meats (e.g. beef, pork, poultry), or scale, head, gut, wash and bone fish.
  • Price and place meat or fish cuts and products in display counters.
  • Sell meat or fish to customers, including wrapping, weighing and labeling products, and collecting payments.
  • Advise customers, e.g. on storing, preparing and cooking meat or fish, or on estimating food portions.
  • Clean tools and work surfaces.
  • Undertake activities related to running a retail business, e.g. maintain financial and other records, arrange advertising, security, etc.
  • Manufacture own meat or fish products, e.g. marinated meats, sausages, pies, ready-to-cook foods, etc.
  • Supervise staff, e.g. other butchers, meat cutters, fishmongers or fish filleters.

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Knowledge

  • Cultural practices regarding animal parts sorting

    The religious and cultural practices regarding animal parts sorting as to not mix meat parts with other parts that may inhibit religion practitioners from eating the meat.

  • Legislation about animal origin products

    The applicable legal rules on temperature, waste materials, traceability, labelling, trading, and the transport of animal origin products. 

  • Animal anatomy for food production

    The anatomy of animals, their organs and their functions, as well as the usage of these organs for food production after slaughtering.

  • Warm blooded animal organs

    The difference between white and red organs of warm blooded animals and their position in the body. A white organ can be the stomach, red organs can be the heart, the liver, or the lungs. The norms to treat these organs properly.

  • Food storage

    The proper conditions and methods to store food to keep it from spoiling, taking into account humidity, light, temperature and other environmental factors.

Skills

  • Apply HACCP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

  • Apply preservation treatments

    Apply common treatments to preserve the characteristics of food products taking care of their appearance, smell and taste.

  • Ensure refrigeration of food in the supply chain

    Apply different procedures to maintain the chain of temperature of foodstuffs and products in each stage of the production and supply chain.

  • Prepare meat for sale

    Prepare meat for sale or cooking which comprise the seasoning, larding, or marinating of the meat, but not the actual cooking.

  • Operate meat processing equipment

    Operate meat processing equipment for meat preparations and prepared meat products.

  • Apply requirements concerning manufacturing of food and beverages

    Apply and follow national, international, and internal requirements quoted in standards, regulations and other specifications related with manufacturing of food and beverages.

  • Monitor temperature in manufacturing process of food and beverages

    Monitor and control required temperatures in the different phases of production until the product reaches suitable properties according to specifications.

  • Monitor stock level

    Evaluate how much stock is used and determine what should be ordered.

  • Tolerate strong smells

    Tolerate strong smells expelled by the goods being processed during the production of goods.

  • Mark differences in colours

    The ability to mark or detect differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  • Grind meat

    Use various types of machinery to grind animal parts into minced meat. Avoid the inclusion of bone splinters in the product. Maintain the meat grinding machine.

  • Consider economic criteria in decision making

    Develop proposals and take appropriate decisions taking into account economic criteria.

  • Use a computer

    Utilise computer equipment or digital devices to facilitate quality control, data management, and communication. Follow instructions given by a computer programme, create computer files or documents.

  • Follow hygienic procedures during food processing

    Ensure a clean working space according to hygienic standards in the food processing industry.

  • Work in cold environments

    Work in cold storage and deep freeze facilities. Cooling rooms are around 0°C. Resist temperatures of -18°C in meat processing freezer facilities as required by law, except for the slaughterhouse, where room working temperatures are below 12°C by law.

  • Work in a food processing team

    Collaborate in a team with other food processing professionals in service of the food & beverages industry.

  • Prepare specialised meat products

    Prepare specialised meat products, minced meat, salt-cured meat, smoked meat, and other meat preparations such as pickled meat, sausages, crumbed meat, veal olive, and chipolata.

  • Tend meat processing production machines

    Operate production equipment and tools to process meat and meat products.

  • Provide first aid

    Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid in order to provide help to a sick or injured person until they receive more complete medical treatment.

  • Process livestock organs

    Process livestock organs and other byproducts for meat manufacturing processes. Remove organs from carcasses and perform activities such as cutting or dividing parts, washing organs, execute specific treatments, packaging, and labelling.

  • Trace meat products

    Take the regulations regarding the traceability of final products within the sector into account.

  • Cope with blood

    Cope with blood, organs, and internal parts of carcasses without feeling distressed.

  • Tend meat packaging machine

    Use machinery to package meat products under modified atmosphere, extending its shelf life.

  • Measure precise food processing operations

    Carry out accurately measured assignments with suitable tools and equipment in the process of producing food and beverages.

  • Ensure sanitation

    Keep workspaces and equipment free from dirt, infection, and disease by removing waste, trash and providing for appropriate cleaning.

  • Maintain food specifications

    Preserve, review, and evaluate existing food specifications such as recipes.

  • Follow an environmental friendly policy while processing food

    Assure an environmental-friendly policy when working with natural resources like meat, fruits and vegetables. This means handling resources in the most efficient and nature-friendly way while trying to minimalise pressure on the ecosystem.

  • Handle knives for meat processing activities

    Handle knives for meat processing activities. Use the correct knives and cutting instruments for meat preparations, prepared meat products, or meat products made by a butcher.

  • Apply GMP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

  • Split animal carcasses

    Separate animal carcasses and organs into larger subsections such as head and limbs, debone and cut them.

  • Process customer orders

    Handle orders placed by customers. Receive the customer order and define a list of requirements, a working process, and a time frame. Execute the work as planned.

Optional knowledge and skills

operate metal contaminants detector ensure compliance with environmental legislation in food production identify the factors causing changes in food during storage analyse characteristics of food products at reception execute chilling processes to food products work according to recipe have computer literacy liaise with managers adapt efficient food processing practices act reliably select adequate ingredients keep inventory of goods in production handle glassware carry out end of day accounts manage budgets liaise with colleagues control of expenses manage challenging work conditions during food processing operations hire new personnel food allergies operate weighing machine inspect raw materials for muscle food processing implement marketing strategies handle customer complaints care for food aesthetic negotiate terms with suppliers negotiate improvement with suppliers implement sales strategies produce meat-based jelly preparations lift heavy weights dispose food waste