Our mission is to protect public
health; by ensuring that the commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg
products moving in interstate commerce or exported to other countries is
safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.
• Do you want to make a difference in helping protect our nation’s food
• Are you interested in improving public health?
• Does working in meat and poultry establishments interest you?
As a Food
Inspector you will be providing the first line of defense by ensuring
that regulated meat*, poultry and egg product establishments produce safe
products by executing appropriate inspection methods in public
and privately owned meat or poultry slaughter and processing
plants. Food Inspectors ensure that the product is fit for human
consumption in compliance with Federal laws governing the wholesomeness and
purity of meat and poultry products.
This position is appropriate for the new or mid-career
professional seeking to start their career with the Food Safety and
Inspection Service. The majority of our Inspectors are eventually promoted
into positions that inspect processed meat and poultry products. This
includes frozen dinners, canned goods, and cured and smoked products.
In processing plants, an Inspector reviews, verifies and monitors plant
operations and records, and determines compliance with regulations. Many
career paths are possible.
You will be called upon to provide
coverage for unstaffed in plant positions within a specified geographic area
or plant. Locations are available throughout the U.S. Hours and
shifts will vary, but you must be available for all shifts and able to
report for duty within one hour after receiving a request (by phone) to
report for work. The number of hours you may work are limited to
1,280 hours in a service year. This is not a permanent appointment
and does NOT provide benefits.
*The “Food Conservation and Energy Act
of 2008”, also referred to as the “2008 Farm Bill”, was signed into Law on
June 18, 2008. The Farm Bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act
(FMIA) to include Catfish as an amenable species under the Act.