Profession food safety specialist

Food safety specialists organise processes and implement procedures to avoid problems with food safety. They comply with regulations.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • 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 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 preservation

    Deterioration factors, controlling factors (temperature, additives, humidity, pH, water activity, etc., including packaging) and food processing methods to preserve food products.

Skills

  • Keep task records

    Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.

  • Develop food safety programmes

    Develop a food safety programme including traceability, ISO quality systems and HACCP risk management procedures.

  • Control food safety regulations

    Implement strict control of food safety standards ensuring production, transportation, storage or livestock breeding is according to law and regulations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Follow quality standards

    Apply a set of measures and standards concerning the quality of processes or products, ensuring that quality is maintained and improved during work activities.

  • Maintain personal hygiene standards

    Preserve impeccable personal hygiene standards and have a tidy appearance.

  • Prepare reports on sanitation

    Conduct hygiene inspections in supermarkets and other stores; prepare and make up sanitation reports and analyses.

  • Plan inspections for prevention of sanitation violations

    Health inspection of retail shops and supermarkets; identification and prevention of sanitation violations and health risks.

  • 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.

  • Evaluate retail food inspection findings

    List, process and evaluate data gathered during retail food inspections undertaken in supermarkets or shops.

  • Maintain a hygienic working environment

    Take care of hygiene in the workplace in accordance with relevant regulations.

Optional knowledge and skills

cold chain general principles of food law develop food policy food homogenisation analyse samples of food and beverages audit haccp use instruments for food measurement monitor sugar uniformity food policy ensure correct goods labelling assess food samples

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