Food safety managers work in dedicated food production operations to ensure that all consumable food items under his/her responsibility are prepared, stored, and packaged in a safe manner. They are employed primarily by food processing plants and similar large-scale food operations, but also by schools and large hospitals, to ensure that proper procedures are followed.
The main responsibility of these managers is to serve as quality-control agents in food packaging/processing operations. They must ensure that all workers are following food-handling guidelines at all times, including wearing proper protective gear and the following approved hand-washing procedures. They also help ensure that all systems and equipment are functioning properly and utilized correctly.
Food safety managers constantly inspect storage areas to ensure proper holding procedures and temperatures. They typically report to plant managers and may even arrange necessary repairs and maintenance for them. In institutions, those in this position do much of the same by ensuring that food preparation, holding, and serving is all performed to standards of local health authorities. In many cases, they also teach and train classrooms in food-handling safety.
To work as a food safety manager, applicants should have a university degree in biology, public health, or a related field. They may also work as entry-level employees with local health departments or similar inspectors to gain practical experience, as employers generally prefer candidates with prior experience. Food safety managers generally work in offices, commercial/industrial kitchens, and manufacturing settings during traditional weekly business hours.
Food Safety Manager Tasks
Educate facilities in and assess all types of risk including package, utility, ingredient and process.
Oversee utilization and effectiveness of established food safety systems and drive continuous improvement of systems.
Design food safety processes for risk assessment that meet globally recognized standards.
Develop and lead audit process.