68R - Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist

Army food inspectors stomach the challenge
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Basic Job Description

As an important member of the veterinary servicing team, the Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist, under the direction of a Veterinary Corps Officer, inspects food designed for human consumption, while also supervising food inspection and combined veterinary service activities.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Inspects food products designated for human consumption on receipt and in storage.

Selects food samples using statistical sampling ​methods, makes sensory evaluations, determines and records temperatures of products and food in storage areas. Evaluates packaging, packing and marking requirements in accord ance with DoD standards and contractual documents. Classifies defects, determines quality of product, advises supervisor, and prepares subsistence inspection reports. Collects, prepares, and transmits samples to laboratory for testing. Identifies unsanitary conditions in food storage facilities and commissary stores. Operates and maintains inspection equipment. Packs, unpacks, loads, unloads, and assists in setting up veterinary unit equipment. Performs duties in accordance with approved standards of conduct and reports suspected fraud.

Provides technical guidance to junior personnel. Develops statistical sampling procedures. Collects, prepares, and transmits samples to laboratory for testing.

Reviews laboratory test results and compares to product requirements. Records contractual deficiencies and iaitiates recommendations for corrective actions. Conducts subsistence quality assurance inspections in food handling establishments, evaluates and recommends corrective actions for unsanitary conditions.

Prepares and maintains quality history record and product verification record and distributes as required. Performs pest management, monitoring of packaged water supplies, and field sanitation procedures. Conducts sanitary inspections in military and commercial facilities.

Training Information

Job training for a veterinary food inspection specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including food safety/protection and quality assurance.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are: Inspection of red meats, poultry, water foods, eggs, dairy products, and fresh fruit and vegetables, and to identify unsanitary conditions in food storage facilities.

ASVAB Score Required: 95 in aptitude area ST

Security Clearance: None

Strength Requirement: moderately heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 222221

Other Requirements

  • Normal color vision required
  • Possession of normal olfactory senses (good sense of smell)
  • High School (or higher) credits for math or science
  • No pattern of undesirable behavior as evidenced by civilian or military record

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