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The Senior Agriculture Commodity Compliance Inspector is responsible for the quality of eggs and poultry sold in and out of the state. This position

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Frequent overnight travel is required. Exposure to chemicals, varying temperatures, noise, and unpleasant odors is required.

Typical Functions:

Inspects shell hatcheries and processing plants to determine compliance with USDA standards, Egg Product Inspection Act Regulations, and state law by checking for proper sanitation, presence of disease, proper storage temperature, products purchased, disposition of products, and proper product labeling. Collects random samples of eggs for inspections and candling to ensure minimum standards are met. Inspects retail food stores, restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, distributors and other egg product users by visiting establishments, selecting random samples of eggs for inspection and candling, verifying packer and distributor permit information, checking storage temperature, reviewing invoices for correct terminology, and checking cartons for code dates, and packer origin to ensure compliance with the Arkansas Egg Marketing Act. Acts as a temporary replacement grader at poultry processing plants by examining products from each processing line for compliance with regulations and contract specifications. Monitors plant and processing operations to ensure that facilities and equipment are sanitary and prepares a variety of reports and records related to plant operations and products. Acts as temporary replacement grader at shell egg processing plants by inspecting each shift for sanitation and checking and recording temperature and chlorine levels of egg wash. Records temperature and relative humidity of coolers and shipping area. Observes machinery for proper dating and labeling. Examines individual eggs for weight, grade, and quality. Notifies plant management of samples out of compliance. Trains company employees in proper egg and poultry grading and issues official certificates for various contracts. Reviews contract abstracts and specification requirements and determines that grade, size, and weight conform to specifications. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of USDA rules and regulations and state and federal laws governing the egg and poultry industry. Knowledge of egg and poultry industry facilities and operations and procedures utilized by egg and poultry producers and processing plants. Ability to interpret egg and poultry rules and regulations. Ability to plan, develop, and conduct training sessions for company employed poultry graders. Ability to conduct on-site inspections to determine compliance with USDA standards, laws, and regulations. Ability to prepare and present oral and written information and reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

Licensed as a poultry grader and shell egg grader and in shell egg surveillance by the United States Department of Agriculture as established by the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946 as amended (7 USC 1621) and the Egg Products Inspection Act of 1946 (21 USC 1031-1056); plus three years of experience in the egg and poultry industry or a related field, including one year in a leadership capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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