Let’s discuss about an exciting career option today which is Food Inspector. Food Inspector’s role is to check the quality of our food materials. In this article we will explore the duties, salary and career outlook of Food Inspector.
Functions of Food Inspector
The functions of Food Inspector include inspection of food materials for quality standards and ensuring that whatever we eat are free from any kind of bacteria and are not polluted. Food Inspector is responsible to check the hygiene of ingredients, utensils that are being used and circumstances where the food is being cooked.
It’s Food Inspector’s duty to keep of checking the food distributors, processors and manufacturers for compliances of food standards so that the foods remain hygienic and free from any kind of bacteria. Usually, Food Inspectors are employed at the health departments, factories and special agencies.
It is the Food Inspector who inspects the grains prior to its selling in market or procured by the government. Inspection of foods and food materials sourced from import is also a responsibility of the Food Inspector.
Educational Qualification Required to become Food Inspector
To become Food Inspector a candidate needs to be Graduate in any discipline. After completing the three years bachelor degree course, a candidate acquires eligibility to appear for Food Inspector selection examination. This exam is being conducted by Central Government and State Governments both from time to time.
Certain Skills are required to become Food Inspector-
- Candidate should be physically fit so that s/he may be able to complete field works.
- Good sight and should be able to check food quality by inspection and smell and he should be efficient to recognize its colour and odour.
- The candidate must be physically and psychologically prepared to work in unhealthy environment because he may be deputed to meat-packing plants where the work-condition may be hazardous and unsanitary.
Candidates willing to become Food Inspector may apply to the various exams for the selection by the Central Government and the State Governments from time to time.
Candidates not aspiring to Government sector may try in various food processing units for the employment.
Age Limit for Food Inspector
Though the upper age limit may differ as per the notifications issued by various State Public Service Commissions of states, usually the age limit for Food Inspector is 18-42 years and qualification is Graduate. However, you must check the notifications thoroughly while applying for vacancies.
Salary Structure of Food Inspector
Food Inspectors are given a salary in between of Rs.35,000/- to Rs. 40,000/- initially with some perks. This salary may differ from state to state. In private sector, Food Inspectors usually get Rs. 20,000 as starting salary.