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Pre-Harvest Food Safety Specialist - Salinas, CA

 

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Full-Time - Salinas, CA, United States

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Primary Responsibilities:

  • Audit Fresh Express suppliers in pre-harvest growing/harvest monitoring.
  • Conduct 7 day pre-harvest food safety inspections on regional leafy greens
  • Verify that all buffers/prohibits for food safety are in place on blocks to be harvested
  • Randomly check grower rodent trapping
  • Support other Raw Product FSS with block audits for situational purchases.
  • Support quality efforts as requested
  • Implement management plans to correct areas of noncompliance indicated by the audit process.
  • The management plans will be developed with the cooperation of the suppliers in order to provide continuous supplier improvement.
  • Conduct training presentations on issues that may impact food safety and participate in grower/supplier meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • B.S. degree in Microbiology, Food Science or related field - desired
  • 2-5 year experience in produce industry
  • Experience in Agricultural or food manufacturing environment
  • Agricultural or fresh produce experience is a plus
  • Travel Yuma, AZ/Salinas, CA during season

Skills:

  • Must have a solid understanding of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Harvesting Practices (GHPs).
  • Able to work outside in heat and dusty environments.
  • Will be required to walk uneven ground during inspection of fields.
  • Proficient in MS Office, and data analysis.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or other languages a plus.
  • Ability to travel 50% of the time domestically seasonally with the crop.
  • Possess valid driverís license and can drive a car or pick-up.
  • Possess a valid passport.

About Chiquita Brands International

Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (NYSE: CQB) is a leading international marketer and distributor of high-quality fresh and value-added food products - from energy-rich bananas and other fruits to nutritious blends of convenient green salads. The company markets its healthy, fresh products under the Chiquita(R) and Fresh Express(R) premium brands and other related trademarks. With annual revenues of more than $3 billion, Chiquita employs more than 21,000 people and has operations in nearly 70 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.chiquitabrands.com.

In the United States, Chiquita Brands International, Inc. requires that applicants provide authorization and consent to a background check and a drug screen to continue in the selection process. All employment offers are contingent on meeting our background check standards and successful passing of required drug test. If hired, you will be required to provide documentation indicating your legal right to work in the U.S which may be verified through Chiquita's participation in the E-Verify program.

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, Chiquita Brands International and its subsidiaries provide an environment that promotes individual recognition and achievement. We recruit, hire, train, compensate and promote associates without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

 

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