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Meat & Poultry Rating Officer

Date Posted:  Nov 22, 2021
Requisition ID:  287441

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


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.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana 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.

Salary Information:
This position normally begins at $36,790.00 annually but may be commensurate with experience.

About the Job:

You are responsible for evaluating the activities and results of the Meat and Poultry Inspection Division in the area of slaughter and processing sanitation and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point practices.
Comprehensive food safety assessments (FSA’s) of meat and poultry establishments. Evaluates all food safety aspects that relate to the establishment and its products, the nature and source of all materials received, the establishment’s processes and the environment of the establishment. The EIAO is to assess the design and validity of the hazard analysis, HACCP plan, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (Sanitation SOPs), pre-requisite programs, testing programs such as the generic E. coli procedures; and any other programs that constitute the establishment’s HACCP system. 
The EIAO functions as the subject matter expert and consults with staff, clarify procedure and interpretation.
FSA’s provide an opportunity to evaluate the quality of work performed by others and an opportunity to assure correction, enforcement and compliance. Incumbent has major input into establishing inspection procedures to maintain the level of program compliance required by the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) in the base and Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) programs. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Conduct Food Safety Assessments (FSA), of Official Slaughter and Processing plants. 
  • Perform standard evaluations of Meat and Poultry Inspector's sampling methods and other techniques and processes making recommendations with respect to new principles and policies. Works to establish related goals and priorities. 
  • Prepare technical reports of FSA’s, certifications, and approvals, sending documented findings to the FSIS office for compliance with provisions of the Federal Meat and Poultry Inspection program.
  • Review, analyze and evaluate Meat and Poultry Division documents, records, and files for compliance with Indiana and federal law. 
  • Report to and consult with the Meat and Poultry Division Director on the results of the FSA findings, certifications, and approvals, and make recommendations for actions. In addition, evaluate the overall Meat and Poultry Division program for compliance to the Indiana and Federal meat and poultry inspection laws then recommend changes and improvements. 
  • Provide consultation and technical advice to the BOAH Meat and Poultry Division Director and Deputy Director, Area Supervisors, and Inspectors. Provide information to meat and poultry plant owners and managers on the provisions and application of the Indiana and Federal meat and poultry inspection laws.
  • Conduct routine and nonroutine regulatory inspections of meat and poultry slaugther and processing activities in establishments.
  • Conduct educational courses for the Meat and Poultry Industry and Meat and Poultry Division staff including on-site training. 
  • Serves as liaison with USDA, Food Safety Inspection Service personnel on federal reviews of official, custom exempt, Curtis Amendment and Cooperative Intersate Shipment program facilities. 
  • Investigate consumer complaints related to meat and poultry products and conduct food product recall effectiveness checks. 
  • Investigate reported food poisonings and hazardous events such as fires, floods, damage by winds, chemical spills, and other occurrences affecting meat and poultry related supplies. 
  • Detain and seize meat and poultry products when situations require the immediate removal of product from the market. 
  • Perform related regulatory duties as required by the Meat and Poultry Division Director.

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 You'll Need for Success:

  • A Bachelor Degree, preferred, from an accredited University or College with a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours in biological science, chemistry, food science, nutrition, microbiology, agriculture, administration, mathematics, engineering, environmental health, public health, or a related field. 
  • Certification by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) as an EIAO.
  • Successful completion of the USDA Inspection Methods Course which requires attending a course and passing two exams.
  • Preferred successful completion of a USDA Livestock Slaughter course
  • Extensive knowledge of Meat and Poultry Inspection as described by the Indiana and federal law. 
  • Extensive knowledge of, and the ability to apply and use, Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances, including but not limited to the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and the state meat and poultry inspection, humane slaughter laws, Indiana Code 15-17-5. 
  • Extensive knowledge of food protection principles and practices, including bacteriology, microbiology, chemistry, food science, engineering, and computer technology. 
  • Specialized knowledge of and the ability to operate testing equipment required in field of specialization, such as computer processing controls, holding time test, pressure differential controls, and thermometer calibrations. 
  • General knowledge of and the ability to review plans and other drawings of facility construction and layout, equipment, and processing procedures, and to make recommendations for needed changes. 
  • Specialized knowledge of inspection and investigation methods, procedures, and techniques. 
  • Ability to observe, evaluate and recognize potential adverse sanitation conditions, record keeping processes, or law violations, and prepare reports documenting findings. 
  • Ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, with individuals or groups.
  • Knowledge and ability to operate a personal computer and related/peripheral technologies. 
  • Ability to obtain a valid driver’s license and to perform moderate to extensive travel with reliable transportation.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the 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 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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