22111 – Agricultural and fish products inspectors



22111 – Agricultural and fish products inspectors
Agricultural and fish products inspectors inspect agricultural and fish products for conformity to prescribed production, storage and transportation standards. They are employed by government departments and agencies and by private sector food processing companies. Supervisors of agricultural and fish products inspectors are also included in this unit group.


Index of titles
Agricultural products inspection supervisor
Agricultural products inspector
Animal health inspector
Animal primary products inspector
Assistant grain inspector
Bread inspector
Butter inspector
Contagious animal disease prevention inspector
Cream inspector
Crop certification inspector
Dairy products inspector
Fish and fish products inspector
Fish inspector
Fish inspector-grader
Fish products inspection supervisor
Fish products inspector
Flour inspector
Food products inspector
Fruit and vegetable inspection centre supervisor
Fruit and vegetables inspector
Fruit inspector
Grain inspection supervisor
Grain inspector
Inspector of perishable goods
Livestock inspector
Meat hygiene inspector
Meat inspection supervisor
Meat inspector
Milk inspector
Plant primary products inspector
Plant protection inspector
Poultry inspector
Produce inspector
Seed crop inspector
Seed grains inspector
Slaughtering and meat processing plant inspector
Vegetable inspector


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Fish and fish products inspectors
Inspect fish, fish products, fish handling and processing methods and prepare reports and ensure that regulations are followed.

Fruit and vegetables inspectors
Inspect fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables at inspection centres and prepare reports on crop production and market conditions.

Grain inspectors
Inspect and grade all classes of grain at terminal elevators, monitor the fumigation of infested grain, and examine storage, handling and transportation equipment to ensure that sanitary procedures are followed.

Meat inspectors
Monitor the operations and sanitary conditions of slaughtering and meat processing plants and inspect carcasses to ensure they are fit for human consumption.

Plant protection inspectors
Certify seed crops, oversee the quarantine, treatment or destruction of plants and plant products, and the fumigation of plants and plant product imports and exports.


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary school is required.
Government inspectors usually require a bachelor's degree or college diploma in agriculture, biology, chemistry, food processing technology or a related discipline.
Inspectors (other than government) may require a bachelor's degree or college diploma in a related discipline.
Several years of experience in agricultural production or fish processing are usually required.
Completion of in-house training courses is required.


Additional information
Progression to managerial positions in this field is possible with experience.


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