Primary products inspectors examine animals, plants and agricultural produce at farms, abattoirs, processing and packing plants, wholesale markets and places of storage or shipment to ensure they meet government standards of hygiene and quality, and export requirements.
Duties & Tasks
Primary products inspectors may perform the following tasks:check produce, live animals and crops for disease, insect or chemical residue and other damage, and reject those of substandard qualitycheck and grade produce (such as meat, fruit, vegetables, milk, grains, sugar cane and fish) during processing, ensuring ingredients used in processing meet government standards of purity and gradingsupervise fumigation of ships and aircraftsupervise the proper disposal of quarantine garbageexamine imported plants, animals and products (timber, seeds and dried fruits, for example) and make quarantine arrangementsensure commercial fishing regulations are obeyedinspect livestock before and after slaughter to check that they are fit for human consumptionadvise on packing and loading regulationsadvise primary producers on economic aspects of disease eradication, and inform producers and the general public of health implications of diseases and impuritiesappear in court to give evidence in cases involving breaches of the regulations.
Primary products inspectors may be required to work shifts, including weekends.
- normal colour vision confidence when dealing with people good communication skills able to make accurate observations good organisational and supervisory skills able to handle animals with confidence and patience aptitude for working with computers.