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Meat Inspector 5

Date Posted:  Aug 14, 2019
Requisition ID:  12878

Danville, IN, US, 46122

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


About the Indiana State Board of Animal Health

Animals have contributed a lot to Indiana's history, providing food, income, recreation, assistance and companionship to millions of Hoosiers every day. State lawmakers recognized the value of those relationships in 1889, when they created the office of the State Veterinarian and the Livestock Sanitary Commission.

Today, that commission, now known as the Board of Animal Health (BOAH), operates under the direction of an 11-member Board of animal industry professionals who meet quarterly to set agency policy.

While the original mission to "prevent and suppress contagious and infectious diseases among the livestock," has not changed in over 100 years, the scope of BOAH's work has expanded:

  • to enhance Indiana's economy by protecting Hoosiers' investment in animal agriculture, wildlife, horses and companion animals.
  • to protect public health by preventing and controlling the spread of animal diseases, such as rabies, which pose a threat to people.
  • to maintain a vital link in a safe food supply through the state meat and poultry and dairy inspection programs.
  • to help people and their animals who are victims of large-scale disasters such as floods and tornadoes.


This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $26,312.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

Meat Inspector

This position serves as an inspector of assigned slaughter and/or processing plant(s) that hold a Grant of Inspection and/ or a Grant of Exemption issued by the Meat and Poultry Division (MPI) of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH).  The Meat Inspector is responsible for implementing the provisions of the Indiana Meat and Poultry Inspection; the Humane Slaughter Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.  The Meat Inspector is responsible for assuring the production of safe, unadulterated, properly labeled meat and poultry products produced in their assigned establishment(s) using sound principles of food public health and food safety. This position will travel to inspection locations throughout the counties of Hendricks, Putnam and Montgomery.


A day in the life

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Performs antemortem and postmortem (AM & PM) slaughter inspections in MPI Official Establishments.
  • Inspects, evaluates, and verifies establishments comply with humane handling, non-ambulatory animal, and slaughtering regulatory requirements.
  • Inspects slaughtering procedure and verifies carcasses comply with HACCP zero tolerance and BSE specified risk material [SRM] requirements.
  • Verifies the assigned plant(s) Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure (SSOP), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and pathogen reduction programs comply with the regulations.
  • Properly identifies and collects samples for animal disease control programs as prescribed from designated animals presented for slaughter.
  • Evaluates and verifies the plant’s handling procedures, formulations, and production of meat and poultry products comply with the plant’s SSOP and HACCP plans.
  • Conducts reinspection of carcasses, meat products (during processing and in storage), and returned product for proper identification or labeling, evidence of mishandling, contamination or adulteration.
  • Monitors and evaluates pest control programs.
  • Evaluates the acceptability of all chemicals and ingredients used in the processing of meat or meat products.
  • Checks products for proper labeling and stamping, reviews and assists in the submission of label applications to central office.
  • Maintains prescribed files and records pertaining to assigned work. 
  • Prepares and submits required records and reports in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Assists in the training of other inspectors and agency personnel.
  • Collects, properly identifies, and maintains a chain of custody of samples as required.
  • Submits timely accurate reports of the performance of all aspects of the Public Health Inspection Service(PHIS)
  • Maintains a professional appearance and attitude.


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What we're looking for
  • Minimum of High School Diploma or GED with preferred experience with meat cutting, working with livestock (4H) or farming.
  • At least six months of experience as a meat inspector in a state or federal food safety program or more than one year of experience in the meat processing industry.
  • Successful completion of a state or federal meat inspector training program. 
  • Some knowledge of ante mortem/postmortem inspection techniques and the proper use all issued inspection equipment; some knowledge of SSOP, HACCP, PHIS and sanitary dressing procedures for assigned plants;
  • Some knowledge of normal and common variations of behavior, physiology, and anatomy of livestock animals;
  • Some knowledge of, and the ability to interpret and apply federal, state and local laws, regulations and procedures regarding slaughter, cutting, processing, curing and labeling of meat and meat products; some knowledge of aseptic technique;
  • Some knowledge of meat and meat product formulation and processing as well as the ability to calculate correct proportions of ingredients used in processing meat;
  • Some knowledge of procedures for collecting samples with potential to testify in court cases as an expert witness;
  • Ability to observe and recognize potential adverse sanitation conditions and law violations and prepare reports documenting findings;
  • Ability to tactfully communicate, verbally and in writing, with individuals or in group situations for problem-solving purposes;
  • Ability to obtain a valid driver’s license and to perform moderate to extensive travel with reliable transportation.
  • Ability to lift/transport items up to 50 lbs with or without the assistance of equipment. Required 

  • Ability to perform frequent walking, standing, climbing stairs or ladders, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling and/or similar movements may be involved. Required.



Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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