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Job Description

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

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need:

a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, science and maths
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.

Career Path and Progression

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

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

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Baker
  • Brewery worker
  • Meat process worker
  • Production worker (manufacturing)

Required Skills

  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Confidence in your own abilities
  • Good organisation and planning skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to present your ideas to others effectively

Starting Salary

£19,000 to £30,000

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