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State of Massachusetts Produce Safety Inspector - Food and Drug Inspector II in Lakeville, Massachusetts

NOTE: Position is headquartered in Lakeville MA, but its primary geographic coverage will be outside of the Boston area. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) mission is to help keep the Massachusetts’ food supply safe and secure, and to work to keep Massachusetts agriculture economically and environmentally sound. The Produce Safety Inspector (Food and Drug Inspector II) is responsible for ensuring compliance with Produce Safety & Market Access Regulations. The Produce Safety Inspector will inspect, audit, investigate, and provide technical assistance for farms, as well as other entities, engaged in the growing, handling, processing, storage, distribution and/or sale of fresh fruits and vegetables to determine compliance with M.G.L. c. 128, § 124 and 330 CMR 34.00 – Produce Safety & Market Access Regulations consistent with those established by the FDA pursuant to 21 C.F.R. § 112 (2016) and adopted in Massachusetts, in its entirety, through M.G.L. c. 128, § 124, which was enacted on July 1, 2018, through Chapter 154, § 44 of the Acts of 2018. The Inspector will also * Obtain samples of food for analysis. * Respond to emergencies and conduct environmental assessments during foodborne illness investigations. * Obtain evidence and establish facts concerning suspected or alleged violations of applicable laws, rules and regulations. * Monitor enforcement procedures in cases of noncompliance. * Prepare reports, and testify at hearings. * Review applications for registrations, licenses, permits and certificates and performs related duties. _DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:_ * Inspect, survey, audit and investigate farms who grow, store and ship fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other facilities to determine compliance with rules and regulations for certification, registration, and licensure under the Department’s Produce Safety Inspection Program (PSIP), in support of the Federal Produce Safety Rule (FSMA) and State statutory authority. * Provide guidance and consultation regarding produce growing, harvesting, storage and marketing practices as well as principles of sanitation for produce washing and packing. * Participate in studies and initiatives related to produce safety, produce production and growing and harvesting practices as well as post-harvest storage and transportation, to ensure understanding and compliance with inspectional and other programmatic requirements and to acquire additional knowledge in these areas which will aid in the future improvement and modification of current and future deployed program services. * Provide liaison between the PSIP and other federal and state regulatory agencies to better coordinate all aspects of enforcement of laws, regulations and program requirements as they relate to the public’s health. * Monitor the exercise of embargo powers upon examination and evaluation of fresh produce suspected to be adulterated or misbranded or otherwise unfit for human consumption and assist in their confiscation and/or condemnation when laboratory analysis substantiates adulteration. * Participate in special investigations, conduct environmental assessments during foodborne illness investigations, and respond to consumer complaints and emergencies. * Initiate regulatory enforcement procedures in instances of non-compliance. * Evaluate labeling, answer correspondence, perform statistical evaluation of inspectional and laboratory reports, collect information on specific topics and perform related work as required or directed by the Produce Safety, Market Access and Certification Program Director. * Perform other duties as required. A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition. * First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in the manufacturing, processing or distribution of food, food products and/or drugs, the major duties of which involved the inspection of food, food products and/or drugs, or in regulatory or law enforcement work involving the inspection of food, food products and/or drugs, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in food science, pharmacy or pharmacology may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience. Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. *Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Compliance and Certification* *Organization: Department of Agricultural Resources *Title: *Produce Safety Inspector - Food and Drug Inspector II Location: Massachusetts-Lakeville - 30 Riverside Drive Requisition ID: 21000A1Z

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