Commercial food manufacturing is big business. With most communities having at least some commercial scale kitchens and manufacturing facilities and nearly all the food that’s available to consumers involving some degree of pre-purchase processing and preparation, a career in Food Safety and Quality is a perfect path for constant employment.
Working in Food Safety and Quality means more than just the standard knowledge necessary to work in a restaurant. While all food professionals need basic knowledge of sanitation, safe food storage and proper food handling, large scale Food Safety and Quality goes one step further. For this career you must look at plant wide sanitation, at staff management and training, and the design and purchasing choices for tools and protective equipment.
You will also need knowledge of food additives and their effects, including preservatives, jelling and leavening agents, dyes and flavouring agents, and nutrition. Industral scale food preparation is different than small scale food preparation because some of the ingredients that are found in manufactured foods are seldom found outside this context. This may even because the manufacturing process makes them necessary, for example stabilizers to improve shelf life during shipping. As a result, this means maintaining a combination of culinary and chemistry skills.
Food Safety and Quality career paths may include:
- Quality Control Inspector
- Commercial Baker
- Plant Safety Engineer