Food Safety Specialist

Company: 
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Location: 
Ohio (USA)
This position shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the OCSEA Collective Bargaining Agreement. ODA bargaining unit members have selection rights before non-bargaining unit members. All other applications will only be considered if an internal bargaining unit applicant is not selected for this position.

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The Ohio Department of Agriculture is currently seeking candidates for a Food Safety Specialist 1 position in the Food Safety Division.  This position will be headquartered in one of the following counties: Auglaize, Miami, Shelby, Montgomery, Greene, Madison, Champaign, Clark, Allen, or Logan County. 
 
The duties for the Food Safety Specialist 1 position include but are not limited to:
  • Collects samples, conducts inspection, evaluation, investigation and surveillance activities of wholesale and retail food, drug and cosmetic industry for compliance with mandated state and/or federal laws and rules to ensure safe production and sale of food, drug and cosmetic industry
  • Conducts surveys and audits of local health department's safety programs (e.g., evaluates program activities and performance of personnel through rating system) for compliance with mandated standards
  • Independently conducts one-on- one inspection standardization procedures to evaluate local health department personnel in proper implementation of mandated state food safety standards
  • Prepares reports of technical nature and compares local health department and food industry performance to required procedures and guidelines and recommends training and additional assistance when warranted
  • Conducts and writes reports for FDA contract inspections
  • Provides advice, consultation and direction to food, drug and cosmetic industry and/or local health department personnel on food safety issues
  • Instructs local health department and industry personnel on proper sanitary practices
  • Ensures compliance with good manufacturing practices, agriculture food laws and regulations
  • Provides technical assistance and consultation and/or implements individual and/or group training as developed by higher level food safety specialists to local health department and/or industry personnel
  • Conducts inspections and/or investigations of consumer related inquiries or site evaluation of new or altered facilities
  • Maintains evaluation instruments and technical field equipment; participates in drills and exercises of emergency plans
  • Prepares and delivers speeches and presentations to groups and organizations
  • Operates personal computer and related software to enter, edit and verify data and to produce reports
  • Utilizes inspection tools to include thermometer, test kit, pH meter and light meter
  • Informs local boards of health of survey findings
  • Initiates enforcement activities with food industry management
June 29, 2018