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The Agriculture Commodity Specialist l is responsible for inspecting poultry and poultry products to ensure compliance with established standards. This position is governed by

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Special Job Requirements:

Exposure to chemicals, varying temperatures, and noise is required. Frequent in-state travel is required.

Typical Functions:

Establishes grading stations with proper lighting to perform Acceptance Quality Level (AQL) samples required by the USDA and performs pre-operational sanitation inspections of the plant facilities and monitors sanitation status throughout shift. Selects random samples of various egg sizes throughout the course of the day to grade and inspect for quality, size, and proper labeling in accordance with the USDA standards. Performs AQL examinations as needed on grade product, and ensures that segregating of products meets USDA standards. Monitors and verifies grading of poultry and poultry products by industry grader. Monitors temperatures and relative humidity in the coolers. Checks temperatures of the washers, the individual egg, and the final rinse as instructed by regulations. Tests the sanitizer spray rinse to ensure compliance with USDA requirements. Inspects containers for packaging and packing defects to make sure they are clean and labeled properly. Conducts inspections on commercial and school commodities. Notifies processing supervisor of grading/operational problems when encountered. Maintains the USDA Shell Egg and Poultry regulations and instruction manuals. Reviews contracts and specification requirements to determine if grade qualities, sizes, and weights conform to specifications. Maintains required documents, worksheets of AQL samples, certificates, and time sheets. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Ability to pass a standardized test on federal regulations governing the grading and inspection of poultry and poultry products. Ability to perform/monitor on-site inspections to determine/verify compliance with USDA standards and to recommend corrective action. Ability to compile information and prepare reports and required documents. Ability to inspect facilities and equipment and grade commodities.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus 3 years experience

Required Certificates:

Must be licensed as a poultry and/or shell egg grader by the USDA as established by the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 as amended (7USC 1621). Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license.


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