Food Safety

Food Safety

Food Safety/Quality Assurance Managers abide by regulatory authority compliance for food companies products. They do so by implementing policies, strategies, and methodology testing.

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Responsible for the quality control aspects of raw materials and finished products
  • Prepares reports on each test preformed for measuring quality, quantity and composition
  • Computes formulas, percentages or production specific factors using chemical and mathematical procedures
  • Assist in setting quality standards and ensure that production is maintained at such standards
  • Sample and identify, if any, bacterial or non-desirable excess material
  • Prepare graphs, charts and reports from test results
  • Responsible for maintaining the long-term continuity of production and service quality
  • Completes tests required for food product packaging
  • Keep records of all tests that have been carried out
  • Perform quality control analysis including tests and inspections of products and processes
  • Maintain the corporate quality manual and quality records
  • Review and report the principle causes of quality loss and non-conformance
  • Ensure all check sheets are correctly completed and all non-compliance found have had the correct action taken and signed off
  • Arrange, coordinate and participate in external quality audits

What education and training is required?

Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Food Science, or Chemical Engineering.

To pursue a career in Food Safety/Quality Assurance:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, biology, chemistry and mathematics.

Typical Employers:

Food production companies, food chemical supply companies, and government inspection agencies.

Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Food Safety/Quality Assurance Mangers is projected to be fair.

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • Produce Marketing Association
  • American Council for Food Safety and Quality
  • National Association of Wheat Growers
  • American Association of Meat Processors