Meat Inspector I

Recruitment #051820-MGAB01-650100

Summary Statement

This is entry level inspection work. The position conducts meat and/or poultry inspections at slaughter and processing establishments to ensure compliance with the Federal Meat and Poultry Act. The primary work location will be Kent County, New Castle County and the City of Wilmington with additional state-wide responsibilities as needed.

Career Ladder

Upon satisfactory completion of department promotional standards and job requirements, employees may be eligible to be promoted to the next level.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here. 
  • Conducts examinations of livestock to be slaughtered for evidence of disease, injury or abnormalities; segregates suspect animals for veterinary confirmation; rejects animals in an unfit condition. Supervises proper disposition of contaminated animals.
  • Conducts examination of slaughtered livestock (i.e., carcass, organs, etc.), passing those fit for consumption and rejecting or retaining for state veterinarian's attention those which show evidence of conditions which might render them unfit for human consumption; submits blood and tissue specimens as necessary for laboratory analysis.
  • Inspects the preparation, cooking, curing including smoking, canning or freezing of meat and/or poultry products for conformity in kind, quantity, quality and condition to assure adherence to formulation and ingredient label and documents same. 
  • Reviews and recommends for approval trade labels, prepared for new poultry and meat products. Assures that the ingredients are listed in the order of their proportion and that the product is properly identified by its label. 
  • Performs formulation checks to assure safe levels of restricted ingredients.
  • Conducts sanitation inspection of complete facility prior to daily start up of operations as well as during operations. Reports noted deficiencies to plant management along with recommendations for actions needed for correction. Records same and conducts timely follow-up to ensure compliance. Makes monthly report to U.S.D.A. 
  • Reviews specifications for plant construction/reconstruction for adherence to U.S.D.A. regulations; may recommend modifications; submits plans to U.S.D.A; inspects approved construction while in progress to ensure compliance.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Meat Inspector I
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, or decimals.
  2. Knowledge of record keeping.
  3. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Conditions of Hire

A satisfactory background investigation is required by the National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) as a condition of hire.

Upon conditional offer you must pass a color vision test to meet the requirements of this position.

As a condition of hire applicants must successfully complete all required training to obtain a Food Inspector License by the end of the probationary period.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

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