22111 – Agricultural and fish products inspectors

Broad Occupation Category

2 - Natural and applied sciences and related occupations.


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major Group

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Broad Occupation Category

221 – Technical occupations related to natural sciences

Broad Occupation Category

2211 – Technical occupations in life sciences

Agricultural and fish products inspectors inspect agricultural and fish products for conformity to prescribed production, storage and transportation standards. They are employed by government departments and agencies and by private sector food processing companies. Supervisors of agricultural and fish products inspectors are also included in this unit group.

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Example Titles

  • Agricultural products inspection supervisor

  • Agricultural products inspector

  • Crop certification inspector

  • Dairy products inspector

  • Fish inspector

  • Fish products inspection supervisor

  • Fish products inspector

  • Fruit and vegetables inspector

  • Grain inspector

  • Livestock inspector

  • Meat inspector

  • Plant protection inspector

  • Poultry inspector

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Fish and fish products inspectors

  • Inspect fish, fish products, fish handling and processing methods and prepare reports and ensure that regulations are followed.

Fruit and vegetables inspectors

  • Inspect fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables at inspection centres and prepare reports on crop production and market conditions.

Grain inspectors

  • Inspect and grade all classes of grain at terminal elevators, monitor the fumigation of infested grain, and examine storage, handling and transportation equipment to ensure that sanitary procedures are followed.

Meat inspectors

  • Monitor the operations and sanitary conditions of slaughtering and meat processing plants and inspect carcasses to ensure they are fit for human consumption.

Plant protection inspectors

  • Certify seed crops, oversee the quarantine, treatment or destruction of plants and plant products, and the fumigation of plants and plant product imports and exports.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.

  • Government inspectors usually require a bachelor's degree or college diploma in agriculture, biology, chemistry, food processing technology or a related discipline.

  • Inspectors (other than government) may require a bachelor's degree or college diploma in a related discipline.

  • Several years of experience in agricultural production or fish processing are usually required.

  • Completion of in-house training courses is required.