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Senior Food Safety Specialist



Full-Time - Salinas, CA, United States

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The Raw Product Food Safety department is responsible for implementing, managing, monitoring and verifying raw product food safety in accordance with the company's good agricultural practices, standardized requirements, policies, procedures and standards.

The Senior Food Safety Specialist will work directly with individual growers, vendors/suppliers, harvesters, transporters, cooling and storage operator to provide technical support and assistance, resolve technical issues, promote, implement, monitor and to verify compliance with good agricultural practices, standardized requirements, policies, procedures and standards for raw product quality and food safety.

  • Audit Fresh Express & Fresh Select suppliers growing, harvesting, packing and cooling operations both domestic and international.
  • 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.
  • Maintain the Food Safety plan and supporting documentation for the company.
  • Conduct training presentations on issues that may impact food safety and participate in grower/supplier meetings.


  • Bachelors Degree.
  • 2-3 years experience in the produce industry with at least 2 years of inspection or quality assurance experience in an agricultural or food manufacturing environment.
  • Solid understanding of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Harvesting Practices (GHPs).
  • Proven ability to work independently and with others to initiate change.
  • Bilingual English & Spanish.
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally 50-75% of the time. Possess, or able to obtain, a valid passport.
  • Possess, or able to obtain, valid drivers license and able to drive a car or pick-up.
  • Able to work outside in hot, dusty environments.
  • Able to walk on uneven ground during inspection of fields.
  • Proficient in MS Office.

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

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 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 veteran's status.

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