Consumer Safety Inspector

Department Of Agriculture Houston , TX 77020

Posted 3 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

GS-1862-10 SJ519

VACANCY: Houston TX

Establishment: M13598 Golden Duck Meat & Poultry Co. located in Harris County

Schedule: Relief M-F 0600-1430

Activity: Slaughter/Processing/Export

Species: Multiple

Relief position that may be detailed throughout the Dallas District

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Responsibilities

  • YOU WILL/MAY:

  • Ensure that regulated establishments produce a safe product by executing appropriate inspection methods, determining noncompliance with regulatory requirements, documenting noncompliance and initiating enforcement action, where warranted.

  • Verify that meat and poultry slaughter and/or processing establishments Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans meet regulatory requirements.

  • Execute Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans effectively to prevent unsanitary conditions and adulteration of product.

  • Work in a relief capacity in plants of all types, and often incorporating a district's entire geographic area. Address a variety of problems/issues for which there may be several possible courses of action.

  • Review records, observe plant operation and conduct hands-on verification to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. Prepare detailed documentation of noncompliance with regulatory requirements.

  • Conduct regulatory oversight activities inside plants in matters relating to other consumer protections (e.g., economic adulteration and misbranding).

  • Have contact with plant managers, owners and others to explain legal and regulatory requirements, discuss operation of the plant's SSOP, HACCP plan and other food safety programs.

  • Communicate and defend determinations on non-compliance issues and discuss plans for addressing non-compliance.

  • Work with a variety of individuals to resolve problems, clarify differences of interpretation concerning HACCP and other food safety or consumer protection requirements.

  • Advise other Agency inspectors, supervisors and officers on inspection and enforcement matters for which you are involved.

  • Conduct various samplings, surveys and tests to obtain pertinent data on potential problem areas, industry trends, or other issues of current interest to the Agency.

  • Be involved in performing health and safety verification sampling and tests for detection of specific microbes (e.g., salmonella, listeria, etc.), residues or contaminants.

  • Perform direct, structured sampling involving Protein Fat Free (PFF), undeclared species, undeclared ingredients or suspected economic violations involving net weight or labeling.

  • Independently performs Hazard Analysis Verification (HAV). HAV is an analytical review of establishments' production process in order to ensure regulatory obligations to conduct a food safety hazard analysis.

Travel Required
76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

  • Job family (Series)
    1862 Consumer Safety Inspection

  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current FSIS employee or USDA Career Transition and Assistance Eligible (CTAP)

  • Must meet Time-In Grade (TIG) by completing 52 weeks at next lower grade

  • Must submit a resume documenting 52 weeks of specialized experience

  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI).

  • Selectee may be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

  • U.S. Citizenship required.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements within 30 days after the closing date of the announcement, including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time-In-Grade/Time-In-Band: Applicants must meet requirements for one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade. (e.g. one year at the GS-9 grade level for consideration for the GS-10 grade level.)

Specialized experience:

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent at least to the to the GS-09 level). There is no education substitution for this grade level.

Specialized experience includes: working with the Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts in order to inspect meat, poultry and egg products; working with basic SSOP and HACCP principles and practices in order to verify plant HACCP and SSOP responsibilities; performing basic mathematics and elementary statistical concepts and methods to perform testing and sampling procedures; and experience in reaching and interpreting conclusions.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Please view OPM's Qualifications Standards, Consumer Safety Inspector Series, GS-1862.

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Consumer Safety Inspector

Department Of Agriculture