Profession meat preparations operator

Meat preparations operators prepare fresh meat with ingredients such as spices, herbs or additives in order to make ready-for-sale meat preparations.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Typology of meat parts

    Typology of meat parts in terms of nutrients, handling processes, way of cutting and managing, and preparations and ingredients that potentiate the taste.

Skills

  • Handle meat processing equipment in cooling rooms

    Push and put carcasses in and out the cooling room as specified. Use equipment specific to this room to handle meat and meat products.

  • Ensure health, safety and security measures

    Take responsibility for health, safety and security measures in the workplace including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate. Apply health and safety standards. Adhere strictly to the site safety rules and systems and equipment operational procedures.

  • 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.

  • Ensure sanitation

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

  • Clean food and beverage machinery

    Clean machinery used for food or beverage production processes. Prepare the appropriate solutions for cleaning. Prepare all parts and assure that they are clean enough to avoid deviation or errors in the production process.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Manage packaging material

    Managing all packaging materials be they primary (wrapping, cans, bottles) or secondary (cartons, crates, pallets).

  • Cope with blood

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

  • Tend meat processing production machines

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

  • Maintain food specifications

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

  • Tolerate strong smells

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

  • Trace meat products

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

  • Be at ease in unsafe environments

    Be at ease in unsafe environments like being exposed to dust, rotating equipment, hot surfaces, sub-freezing and cold storage areas, noise, wet floors and moving lift equipment.

  • 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.

  • Inspect raw materials for muscle food processing

    Inspect raw materials required for the production process, assessing quality and hidden flaws. Verify the origin of the raw materials using the sector defined documents, stamps or marks.

  • Tend meat packaging machine

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

  • Lift heavy weights

    Lift heavy weights and apply ergonomic lifting techniques to avoid damaging the body.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mark differences in colours

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

  • Follow hygienic procedures during food processing

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

  • Execute chilling processes to food products

    Carry out chilling, freezing and cooling operation processes to food products such as fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, catering food. Prepare food products for extended periods of storage or half prepared food. Ensure safety and nutrition qualities of frozen goods and preserve products in accordance with specified temperatures.

  • Weigh parts of animal carcasses

    After cutting and deboning, weigh the prepared parts of meat for the next process in the manufacturing of meat products or for direct selling. Tag containers for weight and contents.

  • Maintain cutting equipment

    Maintenance of the cutting equipment (knives, cutters, and other elements).

  • Apply HACCP

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

  • Monitor freezing processes

    Monitoring freezing processes to ensure product is adequately frozen. Assessing temperature levels and ensuring energy efficiency and product refrigeration.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Administer ingredients in food production

    Ngredients to be added and the required amounts according to the recipe and the way those ingredients are to be administered.

  • Apply GMP

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

  • Select adequate ingredients

    Select adequate ingredients based in their technological function to execute ideas. Strive for consistent good quality of the ingredients and use them adequately to obtain a satisfactory final product.

  • Operate weighing machine

    Work with a weighing machine to measure raw, half-finished and finished products.

Optional knowledge and skills

keep machines oiled for steady functioning work in cold environments cultural practices regarding animal parts sorting work in a food processing team ensure compliance with environmental legislation in food production adapt efficient food processing practices monitor temperature in manufacturing process of food and beverages provide first aid liaise with colleagues dispose food waste label samples administer lactic ferment cultures to manufacturing products liaise with managers operate metal contaminants detector have computer literacy pathogenic microorganisms in food consider economic criteria in decision making legislation about animal origin products manage challenging work conditions during food processing operations act reliably health, safety and hygiene legislation

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