Food Manufacturing Inspector

Job Description:

Food manufacturing inspectors make sure companies meet hygiene and safety standards, and that products are safe to eat.

Job Category:
Food & Drink

What you will do:

In this job, you will:

  • inspect conditions in slaughterhouses and processing plants
  • carry out quality control checks
  • test samples of raw ingredients and processed products
  • analyse and present test results
  • make sure production processes meet hygiene regulations
  • train production staff in the importance of safety standards
  • check labelling and packaging
  • write quality reports
  • advise companies about making improvements, and issue warning notices


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • organisational skills
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Entry Requirements:

To become a food manufacturing inspector, you typically need a combination of education, qualifications, and experience rather than specific requirements. Food manufacturing inspectors are responsible for ensuring that food production facilities meet quality and safety standards set by regulatory agencies. Here are the general steps to pursue a career in this field:

  1. Basic high school subjects: While there are no specific subjects required for food manufacturing inspection, having good grades in subjects like science, mathematics, and English can be advantageous. These subjects provide a foundation in essential skills, such as analytical thinking and communication, that are relevant to inspection work.

Post School

You’ll usually need:

  • experience in food production
  • excellent knowledge of food laws

Some employers will also expect you to have qualifications in food technology, biological science or chemistry. Others may ask for experience as a qualified environmental health officer.

You’ll also need food hygiene certificates.

Restrictions and Requirements
You’ll usually need a driving licence to travel between sites.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work at a manufacturing plant or in an office.

Your working environment may be noisy and you’ll travel often.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience you could become a food safety manager, co-ordinating the work of a team of inspectors.

You could also move into environmental health or food science after training.