1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Primary Products Inspector
      Produce Inspector

Inspects animals, plants, agricultural produce and facilities to ensure conformity with government and industry standards with respect to quality, health and licensing.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Diploma or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:
  • inspects animals, plants and agricultural produce to identify product quality issues and provides advice to producers
  • audits and monitors quality procedures at farms, food handling and food processing facilities to ensure compliance with required standards
  • tests samples of produce for quality, size and purity
  • ensures that required standards of hygiene are observed at storage, processing and packing facilities and in transport vehicles
  • advises primary producers on economic aspects of disease eradication and informs producers and the general public of the health implications of diseases and impurities
  • advises on the identification of pests and diseases and on regulations pertaining to grading, packing and loading of products
  • may examine imported plants and animals, and products such as timber, seeds and dried fruits and make quarantine arrangements
  • may initiate or assist in legal action to enforce regulations

Dairy Quality Assurance Officer
Fish Inspector
Fruit and Vegetable Inspector
Meat Inspector
Quarantine Inspector

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