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Description: A food processor sees the production of raw ingredients into a finished meal, usually in a factory environment. You may be freezing, canning, baking, drying, cooking, chilling or pasteurising ingredients and products.
Salary: £13000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 38-40 hours per week, sometimes on a shift system.
Description: You will be advising food processors on the safe presentation, preparation and storage of food. You will investigate food related illnesses and inspect food producing premises.
Salary: £20000.00 to £60000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 per week but sometimes evening and weekends work may be required.
Description: Food Technologists work mainly in food and drink production. They might oversee the content of a product, analyse its nutritional value, source its ingredients, oversee its production methods and labelling. They will also ensure safety standards, safe storing methods and hygiene in the production process.
Salary: £18000.00 to £65000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 hour week with some shift work
Description: You will be planning and selecting fresh food from producers to sell in retail outlets. You will take into account market trends and quality of the product. You will visit your suppliers regularly to ensure standards are maintained and the product remains competitive.
Salary: £18000.00 to £60000.00 average per year
Hours: Normally 9.00- 5.00 Monday – Friday but may have extended hours due to the need to travel to suppliers.

Food Safety Officer/Hygiene Inspector

Description: You will be advising food processors on the safe presentation, preparation and storage of food. You will investigate food related illnesses and inspect food producing premises.
Salary: £20000.00 to £60000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 per week but sometimes evening and weekends work may be required.

Entry Requirements

In Scotland, Food Safety Officers have to meet the requirements of the Scottish Food Safety Officers Registration Board. A degree in Food Science or Technology is usually required. A relevant HND is required for Higher Certificates in Food Premises Inspection and Food Standards.  All levels require professional training and recognition and continuing professional development.

Skills Required

·       Communication

·       Analytical

·       Methodical

·       Decisive

Typical Day

From an office base, visit premises that are processing or selling food.

Inspect premises where food is being produced or prepared.

Take samples and send them for analysis.

Write reports in your office.

Follow up complaints.

Discuss case load with team members.

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

In an office but visiting food producing premises. evening and weekends work may be required.

Career Path

Progression to senior management is possible or to become a self-employed consultant. There are higher salaries in private companies than the public sector. 

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