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  • February 24, 2015 2:28 PM | Anonymous


    Application Deadline is 3/6/15

    Apply Now

    The retail food safety expert serves as a liaison between the program and the retail food industry.  The position serves as the program’s lead source of technical expertise on:  (1) evaluation of new and innovative  preparation and display procedures, products and equipment for use in the retail food industry; (2) evaluates and standardizes program staff to assure uniformity in the application of retail laws and rules; (3)in conjunction with education specialist, plans, coordinates, implements and manages the retail food education program for the program; (4) works in areas of expertise to review and advise the program on the effect of existing and proposed laws, regulations, standards and policies; (5) may represent the program to other governmental entities, industry and the general public; (6) in a team, coordinates development and implementation of complex product/process controls and procedures, the consequences of which can have significant public health and industry financial consequences.

  • February 24, 2015 9:57 AM | Anonymous


    Agricultural Marketing Service

    USDA Sets Dates for the Honey Packers and Importers Promotion and Research Program Referendum

    Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order Continuance Referendum Scheduled

    USDA Seeks Sorghum Board Nominating Organizations

    USDA Restricts PACA Violators in California and Virginia from Operating in the Produce Industry

    USDA Seeks Mushroom Council Nominees

    Food and Drug Administration

    Meetings: Regulation of Combination Drug Medicated Feeds

    Food and Nutrition Service

    Requests for Exemption from the School Meals’ Whole Grain-Rich Requirement for School Years 2014-2015 and 2015- 2016

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Notices: Web-Based Self-Reporting Tools: Document Reviews of Foreign Food Regulatory Systems

    National Institute of Health

    ODS Invites Public Comment on Progress Report

    Meeting: Chronic Disease Endpoints for DRIs                                                                                                             

    Office of Management and Budget

    Biorefinery Assistance Program

    United States Department of Agriculture

    2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Submits Report

    Notices: 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report

    USDA Announces Deregulation of Non-Browning Apples

    USDA Seeks American Lamb Board Nominating Organizations

    Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Increase in Number of Students Eating Healthy Breakfast at School

    Vilsack Announces $30 Million to Fight Citrus Disease

  • February 24, 2015 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    Rapid Response Team Coordinator       #R1294, Richmond

    (Environmental Specialist II, Pay Band 5) 

    To be considered for this position, you must fully complete a Commonwealth of Virginia Application for Employment through the on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov no later than 5 p.m. of the cut-off date stated in this post.

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a qualified Rapid Response Team Coordinator for the newly formed Rapid Response Team within the Food Safety and Security Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, coordinating and executing all activities under the Rapid Response Team (RRT) FDA Cooperative Agreement including all food related emergency response and foodborne illness activities; developing and implementing a RRT using the Incident Command System (ICS); providing and ensuring all necessary training to Food Safety & Security and RRT staff regarding emergency response activities and the ICS; and managing and allocating the resources and spending within the budget limited of the RRT grant. This position requires that the incumbent be able to respond to emergency situations and other possible situations during both traditional and non-traditional hours. This is a restricted position that has been developed as part of a Cooperative Agreement with the Food and Drug Administration and will last until July 31, 2016; however, the cooperative agreement has the potential for continuation.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive knowledge of food science and food safety practices and principles; of complex food processing and food handling procedures of food establishments; of HACCP concepts; and investigation and response and the Incident Command System. Knowledge of, and ability to interpret, apply and explain relevant federal and state laws and regulations. The ability to be self-motivated and to work independently and in a team environment; to perform technical science based research relative to food products and to make and support independent technical decision; to compose relevant standard operating procedures, policies, guidelines and other technical documents; to effectively coordinate responses to food related emergency situations; and to oversee, coordinate and enhance ongoing programs relating to emergency response. Must possess excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with the food industry, the public, other regulatory agencies, and work teams during stressful situations. Solid computer skills are needed with experience using standard business applications such as MS Office and the internet. A valid Virginia Driver’s License is required. Prefer: Degree in food science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science or a related field along with current/recent practical experience in a similar position. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for these education and experience requirements. Hiring Salary: $41,778 - $58,000 annually.

    Final candidates must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, incumbents of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and semi-annually thereafter.

    To be considered for this position, you must complete a state application through the on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2015. VDACS only accepts the state application; therefore the application must be detailed and fully completed. Resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application are not accepted. Not submitting a complete or detailed application may result in non-consideration. For more information or assistance you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248, Richmond, VA 23219; Telephone: (804) 371-8066; Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120; E-mail hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov. EOE.

  • February 24, 2015 9:24 AM | Anonymous


    Manufactured Food Regulatory Program    (#R1292, Richmond)

    Standards Coordinator (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4) 

    To be considered for this position, you must fully complete a Commonwealth of Virginia Application for Employment through the on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov no later than 5 p.m. of the cut-off date stated in this post.                                                             

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a qualified Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards Coordinator with the Food Safety and Security Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, coordinating and executing all activities under the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) FDA Cooperative Agreement; ensuring the Program’s conformance with all of the MFRPS; performing audits of inspections and compliance activities to ensure uniform and consistent application of all laws, regulations, policies and procedures; supervising staff and coordinating training so that program infrastructure improvements are developed; and preparing budgets and financial reports to ensure resources and spending are within the budget limits of the MFRPS grant. This position requires that the incumbent be able to respond to emergency situations and other possible situations during both traditional and non-traditional hours. This is a restricted position that has been developed as part of a Cooperative Agreement with the Food and Drug Administration and will last until July 31, 2018; however, the cooperative agreement has the potential for continuation.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive knowledge of food science and food safety practices and principles; of complex food processing and food handling procedures of food establishments; and of  all applicable state and federal laws and regulations related to food protection. The ability to compose relevant standard operating procedures, policy guidelines and other technical documents; to work both independently and in a team environment; to effectively communicate, both written and orally; to supervise and evaluate the work of others; to effectively plan and organize work activities; and to successfully interact with the food safety staff, the public, the food industry and other regulatory agencies. Solid computer skills are needed with experience using standard business applications such as MS Office and the internet. A valid Virginia Driver’s License is required. Prefer: Degree in food science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science or a related field along with current/recent practical experience in a similar position that involves supervising staff. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for these education and experience requirements. Hiring Salary: $31,979- $52,000 annually.

    Final candidates must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, incumbents of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and semi-annually thereafter.

    To be considered for this position, you must complete a state application through the on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov

     by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2015. VDACS only accepts the state application; therefore the application must be detailed and fully completed. Resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application are not accepted. Not submitting a complete or detailed application may result in non-consideration. For more information or assistance you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248, Richmond, VA 23219; Telephone: (804) 371-8066; Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120; E-mail hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov. EOE.


    Manufactured Food Regulatory Program                                                                    #R1292, Richmond

    Standards Coordinator (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4)  

    Manufactured Food Regulatory Program                                                                    #R1292, Richmond

    Standards Coordinator (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4)  

    Manufactured Food Regulatory Program                                                                    #R1292, Richmond

    Standards Coordinator (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4)  

    Manufactured Food Regulatory Program                                                                    #R1292, Richmond

    Standards Coordinator (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4)  

    Manufactured Food Regulatory Program                                                                    #R1292, Richmond

    Standards Coordinator (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4) 

                                                                                   

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a qualified Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards Coordinator with the Food Safety and Security Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, coordinating and executing all activities under the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) FDA Cooperative Agreement; ensuring the Program’s conformance with all of the MFRPS; performing audits of inspections and compliance activities to ensure uniform and consistent application of all laws, regulations, policies and procedures; supervising staff and coordinating training so that program infrastructure improvements are developed; and preparing budgets and financial reports to ensure resources and spending are within the budget limits of the MFRPS grant. This position requires that the incumbent be able to respond to emergency situations and other possible situations during both traditional and non-traditional hours. This is a restricted position that has been developed as part of a Cooperative Agreement with the Food and Drug Administration and will last until July 31, 2018; however, the cooperative agreement has the potential for continuation.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive knowledge of food science and food safety practices and principles; of complex food processing and food handling procedures of food establishments; and of  all applicable state and federal laws and regulations related to food protection. The ability to compose relevant standard operating procedures, policy guidelines and other technical documents; to work both independently and in a team environment; to effectively communicate, both written and orally; to supervise and evaluate the work of others; to effectively plan and organize work activities; and to successfully interact with the food safety staff, the public, the food industry and other regulatory agencies. Solid computer skills are needed with experience using standard business applications such as MS Office and the internet. A valid Virginia Driver’s License is required. Prefer: Degree in food science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science or a related field along with current/recent practical experience in a similar position that involves supervising staff. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for these education and experience requirements. Hiring Salary: $31,979- $52,000 annually.

    Final candidates must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, incumbents of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and semi-annually thereafter.

    To be considered for this position, you must complete a state application through the on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2015. VDACS only accepts the state application; therefore the application must be detailed and fully completed. Resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application are not accepted. Not submitting a complete or detailed application may result in non-consideration. For more information or assistance you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248, Richmond, VA 23219; Telephone: (804) 371-8066; Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120; E-mail hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov. EOE.

    Manufactured Food Regulatory Program                                                                    #R1292, Richmond

    Standards Coordinator (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4) 

                                                                                   

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a qualified Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards Coordinator with the Food Safety and Security Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, coordinating and executing all activities under the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) FDA Cooperative Agreement; ensuring the Program’s conformance with all of the MFRPS; performing audits of inspections and compliance activities to ensure uniform and consistent application of all laws, regulations, policies and procedures; supervising staff and coordinating training so that program infrastructure improvements are developed; and preparing budgets and financial reports to ensure resources and spending are within the budget limits of the MFRPS grant. This position requires that the incumbent be able to respond to emergency situations and other possible situations during both traditional and non-traditional hours. This is a restricted position that has been developed as part of a Cooperative Agreement with the Food and Drug Administration and will last until July 31, 2018; however, the cooperative agreement has the potential for continuation.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive knowledge of food science and food safety practices and principles; of complex food processing and food handling procedures of food establishments; and of  all applicable state and federal laws and regulations related to food protection. The ability to compose relevant standard operating procedures, policy guidelines and other technical documents; to work both independently and in a team environment; to effectively communicate, both written and orally; to supervise and evaluate the work of others; to effectively plan and organize work activities; and to successfully interact with the food safety staff, the public, the food industry and other regulatory agencies. Solid computer skills are needed with experience using standard business applications such as MS Office and the internet. A valid Virginia Driver’s License is required. Prefer: Degree in food science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science or a related field along with current/recent practical experience in a similar position that involves supervising staff. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for these education and experience requirements. Hiring Salary: $31,979- $52,000 annually.

    Final candidates must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, incumbents of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and semi-annually thereafter.

    To be considered for this position, you must complete a state application through the on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2015. VDACS only accepts the state application; therefore the application must be detailed and fully completed. Resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application are not accepted. Not submitting a complete or detailed application may result in non-consideration. For more information or assistance you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248, Richmond, VA 23219; Telephone: (804) 371-8066; Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120; E-mail hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov. EOE.

    Manufactured Food Regulatory Program                                                                    #R1292, Richmond

    Standards Coordinator (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4) 

                                                                                   

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a qualified Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards Coordinator with the Food Safety and Security Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, coordinating and executing all activities under the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) FDA Cooperative Agreement; ensuring the Program’s conformance with all of the MFRPS; performing audits of inspections and compliance activities to ensure uniform and consistent application of all laws, regulations, policies and procedures; supervising staff and coordinating training so that program infrastructure improvements are developed; and preparing budgets and financial reports to ensure resources and spending are within the budget limits of the MFRPS grant. This position requires that the incumbent be able to respond to emergency situations and other possible situations during both traditional and non-traditional hours. This is a restricted position that has been developed as part of a Cooperative Agreement with the Food and Drug Administration and will last until July 31, 2018; however, the cooperative agreement has the potential for continuation.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive knowledge of food science and food safety practices and principles; of complex food processing and food handling procedures of food establishments; and of  all applicable state and federal laws and regulations related to food protection. The ability to compose relevant standard operating procedures, policy guidelines and other technical documents; to work both independently and in a team environment; to effectively communicate, both written and orally; to supervise and evaluate the work of others; to effectively plan and organize work activities; and to successfully interact with the food safety staff, the public, the food industry and other regulatory agencies. Solid computer skills are needed with experience using standard business applications such as MS Office and the internet. A valid Virginia Driver’s License is required. Prefer: Degree in food science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science or a related field along with current/recent practical experience in a similar position that involves supervising staff. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for these education and experience requirements. Hiring Salary: $31,979- $52,000 annually.

    Final candidates must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, incumbents of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and semi-annually thereafter.

    To be considered for this position, you must complete a state application through the on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2015. VDACS only accepts the state application; therefore the application must be detailed and fully completed. Resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application are not accepted. Not submitting a complete or detailed application may result in non-consideration. For more information or assistance you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248, Richmond, VA 23219; Telephone: (804) 371-8066; Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120; E-mail hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov. EOE.

    Manufactured Food Regulatory Program                                                                    #R1292, Richmond

    Standards Coordinator (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4) 

                                                                                   

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a qualified Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards Coordinator with the Food Safety and Security Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, coordinating and executing all activities under the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) FDA Cooperative Agreement; ensuring the Program’s conformance with all of the MFRPS; performing audits of inspections and compliance activities to ensure uniform and consistent application of all laws, regulations, policies and procedures; supervising staff and coordinating training so that program infrastructure improvements are developed; and preparing budgets and financial reports to ensure resources and spending are within the budget limits of the MFRPS grant. This position requires that the incumbent be able to respond to emergency situations and other possible situations during both traditional and non-traditional hours. This is a restricted position that has been developed as part of a Cooperative Agreement with the Food and Drug Administration and will last until July 31, 2018; however, the cooperative agreement has the potential for continuation.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive knowledge of food science and food safety practices and principles; of complex food processing and food handling procedures of food establishments; and of  all applicable state and federal laws and regulations related to food protection. The ability to compose relevant standard operating procedures, policy guidelines and other technical documents; to work both independently and in a team environment; to effectively communicate, both written and orally; to supervise and evaluate the work of others; to effectively plan and organize work activities; and to successfully interact with the food safety staff, the public, the food industry and other regulatory agencies. Solid computer skills are needed with experience using standard business applications such as MS Office and the internet. A valid Virginia Driver’s License is required. Prefer: Degree in food science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science or a related field along with current/recent practical experience in a similar position that involves supervising staff. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for these education and experience requirements. Hiring Salary: $31,979- $52,000 annually.

    Final candidates must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, incumbents of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and semi-annually thereafter.

    To be considered for this position, you must complete a state application through the on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2015. VDACS only accepts the state application; therefore the application must be detailed and fully completed. Resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application are not accepted. Not submitting a complete or detailed application may result in non-consideration. For more information or assistance you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248, Richmond, VA 23219; Telephone: (804) 371-8066; Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120; E-mail hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov. EOE.

    Manufactured Food Regulatory Program                                                                    #R1292, Richmond

    Standards Coordinator (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4) 

                                                                                   

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a qualified Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards Coordinator with the Food Safety and Security Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, coordinating and executing all activities under the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) FDA Cooperative Agreement; ensuring the Program’s conformance with all of the MFRPS; performing audits of inspections and compliance activities to ensure uniform and consistent application of all laws, regulations, policies and procedures; supervising staff and coordinating training so that program infrastructure improvements are developed; and preparing budgets and financial reports to ensure resources and spending are within the budget limits of the MFRPS grant. This position requires that the incumbent be able to respond to emergency situations and other possible situations during both traditional and non-traditional hours. This is a restricted position that has been developed as part of a Cooperative Agreement with the Food and Drug Administration and will last until July 31, 2018; however, the cooperative agreement has the potential for continuation.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive knowledge of food science and food safety practices and principles; of complex food processing and food handling procedures of food establishments; and of  all applicable state and federal laws and regulations related to food protection. The ability to compose relevant standard operating procedures, policy guidelines and other technical documents; to work both independently and in a team environment; to effectively communicate, both written and orally; to supervise and evaluate the work of others; to effectively plan and organize work activities; and to successfully interact with the food safety staff, the public, the food industry and other regulatory agencies. Solid computer skills are needed with experience using standard business applications such as MS Office and the internet. A valid Virginia Driver’s License is required. Prefer: Degree in food science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science or a related field along with current/recent practical experience in a similar position that involves supervising staff. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for these education and experience requirements. Hiring Salary: $31,979- $52,000 annually.

    Final candidates must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, incumbents of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and semi-annually thereafter.

    To be considered for this position, you must complete a state application through the on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2015. VDACS only accepts the state application; therefore the application must be detailed and fully completed. Resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application are not accepted. Not submitting a complete or detailed application may result in non-consideration. For more information or assistance you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248, Richmond, VA 23219; Telephone: (804) 371-8066; Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120; E-mail hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov. EOE.

    Manufactured Food Regulatory Program                                                                    #R1292, Richmond

    Standards Coordinator (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4) 

                                                                                   

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a qualified Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards Coordinator with the Food Safety and Security Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, coordinating and executing all activities under the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) FDA Cooperative Agreement; ensuring the Program’s conformance with all of the MFRPS; performing audits of inspections and compliance activities to ensure uniform and consistent application of all laws, regulations, policies and procedures; supervising staff and coordinating training so that program infrastructure improvements are developed; and preparing budgets and financial reports to ensure resources and spending are within the budget limits of the MFRPS grant. This position requires that the incumbent be able to respond to emergency situations and other possible situations during both traditional and non-traditional hours. This is a restricted position that has been developed as part of a Cooperative Agreement with the Food and Drug Administration and will last until July 31, 2018; however, the cooperative agreement has the potential for continuation.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive knowledge of food science and food safety practices and principles; of complex food processing and food handling procedures of food establishments; and of  all applicable state and federal laws and regulations related to food protection. The ability to compose relevant standard operating procedures, policy guidelines and other technical documents; to work both independently and in a team environment; to effectively communicate, both written and orally; to supervise and evaluate the work of others; to effectively plan and organize work activities; and to successfully interact with the food safety staff, the public, the food industry and other regulatory agencies. Solid computer skills are needed with experience using standard business applications such as MS Office and the internet. A valid Virginia Driver’s License is required. Prefer: Degree in food science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science or a related field along with current/recent practical experience in a similar position that involves supervising staff. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities may substitute for these education and experience requirements. Hiring Salary: $31,979- $52,000 annually.

    Final candidates must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, incumbents of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and semi-annually thereafter.

    To be considered for this position, you must complete a state application through the on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2015. VDACS only accepts the state application; therefore the application must be detailed and fully completed. Resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application are not accepted. Not submitting a complete or detailed application may result in non-consideration. For more information or assistance you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248, Richmond, VA 23219; Telephone: (804) 371-8066; Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120; E-mail hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov. EOE.

  • February 24, 2015 9:22 AM | Anonymous


    Food Safety Specialist                                                                      #00430-Chesterfield

    (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4)

    To be considered for this position, you must fully complete a Commonwealth of Virginia Application for Employment through the on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov no later than 5 p.m. of the cut-off date stated in this posting.

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a self-motivated person to become part of our Food Safety & Security team. This position is responsible for the evaluation of food processes and the enforcement of the Virginia Food Laws and related federal and state regulations. Duties include evaluating the condition of food processing facilities relative to food safety and food security; assisting new and existing food processing technologies and food labeling at manufacturing operations and retail food establishments; investigating complaints; conducting food borne illness investigations; collecting official samples of food and food related products; reviewing new food business proposals and assisting in the development of safe food processes; and evaluating and interpreting nutritional related claims for foods and dietary supplements.

    The selected individual will establish and work from a home office under the guidance and direction of a regional field office. The work territory includes the counties of Chesterfield and Henrico. Successful candidate will be required to live in or convenient to the assigned territory. The use of a state vehicle will be provided.

    Qualifications: Knowledge of food safety practices and principles; food processing theory and practices; and dietary supplement safety including structure function claims and labeling. Possess proficient computers skills and standard office applications. Exceptional customer service skills; a verifiable ability to communicate effectively (oral and written); work well with the public under stressful situations as well as the ability to interpret and apply laws and  regulations and to independently plan, organize and execute job duties including investigating complaints. The ability to assume extensive responsibility, exhibit initiative and reliability, and work independently and in a team environment; to make autonomous decisions and to take appropriate actions in diverse circumstances and environments; and to effectively plan and organize work activities. Additionally, good visual acuity and the ability to walk, bend, stretch, crouch and lift light loads up to 40 lbs is needed in addition to a valid driver’s license and safe driving record. Prefer: Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Health or a related field. Experience applying food safety principles, food processing and related quality and safety controls at the government level and working knowledge of HACCP (especially as pertaining to seafood) and Virginia Food Laws is also preferred. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for this education and experience. Salary: $31,979 - $47,000, depending on relevant qualifications.

    In accordance with the Code of Virginia, incumbents of this position must complete a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and semi-annually thereafter. Additionally, the final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.

    To be considered for this position, you must complete a state application through the on-line employment system at jobs.agencies.virginia.gov by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2015. VDACS only accepts the state application; therefore the application must be detailed and fully completed. Resumes, cover letters, or any other types of attachment or supplement to the state application are not accepted. Not submitting a complete or detailed application may result in non-consideration. For more information or assistance you may contact the Human Resources Office, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248, Richmond, VA 23219; Telephone: (804) 371-8066; Hearing Impaired 1-800-828-1120; E-mail hr.vdacs@vdacs.virginia.gov. EOE.

  • February 09, 2015 4:35 PM | Anonymous



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    FDA to Extend Comment Period on Updates to the Redbook

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    FSIS Studies on Lm at Retail

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    USDA Announces the Availability of $16 Million to Support Food Production

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  • February 09, 2015 2:23 PM | Randy Young


    As the immediate past recipient of the Eaton E. Smith Award, it is with great pleasure that I serve as this year’s Chairman of the 2015 Eaton E. Smith Award Selection Committee.

    The Eaton E. Smith Award is presented annually to a Northeast Food and Drug Officials Association [NEFDOA] member for exceptional service in the performance of duties, and responsibilities in the administration and enforcement of food, drug and product safety and other consumer protection laws, and who demonstrates the promotion of the objectives of NEFDOA.

    At this time, I am kindly requesting your assistance in seeking nominations of outstanding NEFDOA members for this prestigious award, which will be presented at the NEFDO Conference during the Awards Banquet on Thursday May 7, 2015.  Along with the nomination, I am requesting a brief resume of the nominee, his/her accomplishments, and his/her contributions to NEFDOA.

    Please send your nomination(s) directly to me (via email or mail) by March 27, 2015.

    jcorby@afdo.org

    35 North Street
    Broadalbin, NY 12025

    Thank you for taking time to participate by submitting your nomination to honor one of our well-deserving members.

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    Sincerely,
    Joseph Corby



  • January 19, 2015 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    AAFCO is excited to announce its fourth proficiency-testing program: the AAFCO Minerals Program. This quarterly offering focuses on minerals of health and toxicological importance in the food chain at concentrations of health or toxicological significance. Minerals will be spiked into the feed materials to achieve desired concentrations that are not available in the AAFCO monthly Check Sample Program. The primary interest is feed materials, but whenever possible materials of interest in both the food and feed sectors will be incorporated. Planned materials for 2015 are poultry layer feed, rice, dairy or swine feed, and dog food to encompass materials of interest to both feed and food laboratories.

    The cost for the Mineral Program for 2015 is $300/year including shipping to the US or Canada. As with all AAFCO programs, materials will be shipped on a regular basis for tests and will be pre-ground. Reports will be generated with AAFCO-specific codes and units to allow for analysis of the performance of individual methods or method types. Reported results will be analyzed statistically and participants will be provided with performance scores for each analyte and method reported. Report cards and consensus reports will be available for download from AAFCO’s Data Reporting website.

    The Minerals Program is the newest of AAFCO’s four proficiency testing programs. Other tests include the monthly AAFCO Check sample program, the Pet Food program, and the Mycotoxin Contaminants program. The Check Sample program begins in January and provides monthly shipments of a variety of feeds and supplements with nutrients, drugs, antibiotics, minerals, and vitamins at levels typically encountered in commercial products. The quarterly Pet Food Program, introduced in 2013, starts in February and provides shipments of pet food ingredients derived from animal or plant sources. The quarterly Mycotoxin Contaminants Program debuted in 2014 and provides shipments of animal feed or pet food contaminated with naturally incurred afflatoxins, fumonisins, deoxynivlaenol, zeraralenone, ochratoxin A, and T-2 toxin.

    The Minerals Program is available worldwide. For North American customers, shipping via the US Postal Service is included in the price. For international customers, shipping options include express mail from the US Postal Service, which includes tracking, for an additional $200/year or a courier service using the receiver's account. International options vary for other AAFCO programs.

    AAFCO Is currently accepting subscriptions for all four 2015 programs at http://www.aafco.org/Laboratory/Proficiency-Testing-Programs.

  • January 19, 2015 2:09 PM | Anonymous


    As the immediate past recipient of the Harvey W. Wiley Award it is with great pleasure that I serve as this year’s chairman of the 2015 AFDO Harvey W. Wiley Award selection committee.  At this time I am requesting nominations of outstanding regulatory and honorary AFDO members for this prestigious award, which will be presented at the AFDO Conference at the Awards Banquet on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.  

    Along with the nomination, I am requesting a brief resume of the nominee, his/her accomplishments, and contributions to AFDO and his/her Affiliate.  Please send your nominations by March 1, 2015 at rklein@afdo.org.  

    The Harvey W. Wiley Award is presented annually to a regulatory or honorary AFDO member for exceptional service in the performance of duties, and responsibilities in the administration and enforcement of food, drug and product safety and other consumer protection laws, and who demonstrates the promotion of the objectives of the Association of Food and Drug Officials.  Thank you for taking your time to participate with your nomination to honor one of our well deserving members.

    Sincerely,

    Ron Klein

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