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Meat Inspector Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Meat Inspector. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Meat Inspector
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Meat Inspector Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Meat inspectors, also known as meat hygiene inspectors, are responsible for checking and certifying meat under the current meat inspection and hygiene legislation. They may already have experience of working in the meat industry, perhaps in an abattoir or meat processing plant.

Meat hygiene inspectors may work for the Meat Hygiene Service in slaughterhouses, cutting plants and cold stores throughout the country.

Other meat inspectors work with veterinary officials inspecting live animals, game or poultry for indications of health or disease, and are also involved in post mortem inspections.

As well as inspecting in detail meat or live animals, they check other areas such as: the hygienic operation of meat plants and equipment; the welfare of animals in slaughterhouses; meat transportation; and the disposal of unfit meat.

Meat inspectors are required to record the results of inspections in detail, including any recommendations or problem areas, and ensure that action points are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Hours and Environment

Meat inspectors usually work a 37 to 40 hour week, Monday to Friday. Weekend and evening work may also be required, and overtime may be worked if a hygiene problem occurs.

They wear protective clothing and use appropriate tools for inspection.

They spend much of their time working indoors, where there might be machinery noises and distinctive smells, and temperatures may be cool.

Meat inspectors are likely to have to travel between different locations.

Skills and Interests

To be a meat inspector you should:

  • be knowledgeable about the meat industry
  • be good at working with your hands
  • pay great attention to safety and hygiene
  • have good health and stamina
  • be adaptable and flexible
  • have good written and verbal communication skills
  • have the ability to build effective working relationships with people at all levels
  • be able to act calmly when dealing with difficult people or situations
  • be able to record findings in a methodical and comprehensive manner.


Entry

To become a meat inspector, you need to hold the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health Certificate in Meat Inspection. This is a statutory qualification, involving 400 hours of training.

To be eligible for entry onto a Certificate in Meat Inspection course, you will need one of the following:

five GCSEs(A-C)/S grades (1-3) including English and either science or maths
Associateship of the Meat Training Council by examination (contact the Meat Training Council directly)
submission of a 5,000-word project or dissertation on a science-related subject for the Royal Societys approval.
There is no set upper age limit for becoming a meat inspector. If you have experience of working in the meat industry - perhaps as a meat process worker - you can apply for a place on a Certificate of Meat Inspection training course without the usual academic qualifications listed above.

Training

The college-based part of the Certificate in Meat Inspection training covers: anatomy and physiology; pathology and meat inspection; animal welfare; visit records; hygiene; and legislation. The remainder of the training is practical, taking place in slaughterhouses or other types of meat plant.

The examination comprises a foundation and a specialised paper, plus an oral and practical test.

You can obtain details of the colleges offering a Certificate of Meat Inspection training course from the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health.

Opportunities

There are only around 2,800 meat inspector jobs available in the UK.

The Meat Hygiene Service offers around 1,600 job opportunities in around 1,400 different plants in England, Scotland and Wales. The Meat Hygiene Service is an executive agency of the government regulatory body, the Food Standards Agency.

Other employers are large-scale manufacturing companies and supermarket chains.

There may be promotion opportunities for experienced meat inspectors, for example: supervising other meat inspectors; a management role within the company; or a regional supervisory or management position within the Meat Hygiene Service.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Meat inspectors usually start on between £14,000 and £16,000.
Experienced meat inspectors may earn up to £18,000.
Senior meat inspectors may earn from £20,000 to £23,000.

Further information

The Meat Hygiene Service
Foss House
Kings Pool
1-2 Peasholme Green
York
YO1 7PX
Tel: 01904 455501
www.foodstandards.gov.uk/enforcement/meathyg/

Meat Training Council NTO *
PO Box 141
Winterhill House
Snowdon Drive
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK6 1YY
Tel: 01908 231062
www.meattraining.org.uk

Royal Society for the Promotion of Health
38A St Georges Drive
London
SW1V 4BH
Tel: 020 7630 0121
www.rsph.org

* PLEASE NOTE
National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website: www.ssda.org.uk

Other Useful Meat Inspector Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Meat Inspector job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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