Food Safety Specialist

Food Safety Specialist

A food safety specialist ensures that food is processed, packaged and prepared according to the food preparation and food safety standards set by the company and regulatory organizations. They also recommend changes with marketers and processors if conditions are not up to standard regulations. Furthermore, they train and effectively communicate food safety policies to all company employees and growers.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Review tests and analysis completed by company
  • Prepare reports on each company, restaurant or business visited
  • Compute formulas, percentages or production specific factors using chemical and mathematical procedures
  • Recommend changes with marketers and processors if conditions are not up to standard regulations
  • Investigate compliances
  • Sample and identify, if any, bacterial or non-desirable excess material
  • Prepare graphs, charts and reports from test results
  • Observe employees and daily procedures to assure quality control
  • Oversee and inspect procedures performed by each operating unit and team
  • Meet with company management and maintain relationship
  • Perform quality control analysis including tests and inspections of products and processes
  • Develop training and effectively communicate food safety policies
  • Accompany customers and third-party auditors on field audits, inspections and quality monitoring
  • Attend annual customer meetings, industry events and continuing education classes
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, chemistry and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in food science, chemistry, microbiology or environmental health is usually needed.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Typical employers include food production companies and government inspection agencies.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Society for Microbiology  
  • American Council for Food Safety and Quality
  • Institute of Food Technologist
  • National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research   
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$41,464
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