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 quality
check 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 grading
supervise fumigation of ships and aircraft
supervise the proper disposal of quarantine garbage
examine imported plants, animals and products (timber, seeds and dried fruits, for example) and make quarantine arrangements
ensure commercial fishing regulations are obeyed
inspect livestock before and after slaughter to check that they are fit for human consumption
advise on packing and loading regulations
advise primary producers on economic aspects of disease eradication, and inform producers and the general public of health implications of diseases and impurities
appear 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.