Profession food safety specialist
Food science technicians perform (standardised) tests to determine the properties of food or beverage products. They may provide assistance to food scientists and technologists.
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- Investigative / Realistic
Tasks food safety specialist
- Clean, maintain and set up laboratory equipment.
- Collect and prepare samples.
- Conduct standardized tests on food, beverages, additives and preservatives, e.g. to ensure compliance with standards and regulations of colour, texture, nutrients, etc.
- Take measurements and readings, and compute product properties such as moisture or salt content, percentages of ingredients and formulas, e.g. using mathematical and chemical procedures.
- Record and compile test results, and prepare graphs, charts and reports.
- Analyze test results to classify products, or compare results with standard tables.
- Examine chemical and biological samples, using microscope, to identify cell structures, locate bacteria, etc.
- Taste or smell foods or beverages to ensure that flavors meet specifications or to select samples with specific characteristics.
- Mix, blend or cultivate ingredients, e.g. to make reagents or to manufacture food or beverage products.
- Measure, test and weigh bottles, cans and other containers, e.g. in order to ensure hardness, strength and compliance to specifications.
- Order laboratory supplies.
- Develop and adapt laboratory procedures, under the direction of scientists, following technical developments in the area.
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- 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.
- Food legislation
Legislation related to the food and feed industry including food manufacturing, hygiene, safety, raw materials, additives, GMOs, labelling, environmental and trade regulations.
- Food preservation
Deterioration factors, controlling factors (temperature, additives, humidity, pH, water activity, etc., including packaging) and food processing methods to preserve food products.
- Prepare reports on sanitation
Conduct hygiene inspections in supermarkets and other stores; prepare and make up sanitation reports and analyses.
- Develop food safety programmes
Develop a food safety programme including traceability, ISO quality systems and HACCP risk management procedures.
- Investigate complaints related to consumer protection
Investigate accidents, incidents and complaints; determine if health, safety and consumer protection procedures have been followed.
- Take action on food safety violations
Determine when action related to food safety violations may be required; gather and present appropriate evidence; execute protective measures.
- Plan inspections for prevention of sanitation violations
Health inspection of retail shops and supermarkets; identification and prevention of sanitation violations and health risks.
- Train employees
Lead and guide employees through a process in which they are taught the necessary skills for the perspective job. Organise activities aimed at introducing the work and systems or improving the performance of individuals and groups in organisational settings.
- Control food safety regulations
Implement strict control of food safety standards ensuring production, transportation, storage or livestock breeding is according to law and regulations.
- Maintain personal hygiene standards
Preserve impeccable personal hygiene standards and have a tidy appearance.
- Evaluate retail food inspection findings
List, process and evaluate data gathered during retail food inspections undertaken in supermarkets or shops.
- Keep task records
Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.
- Monitor packaging operations
Observe and supervise the packaging operations undertaken by the workers for compliance to production requirements. Check products for proper packaging such as labelling and date coding in order to ensure appropriate and safe transportation.