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  • May 05, 2017 9:37 AM | AFDO

      To be considered for this position, you must fully complete a Commonwealth of Virginia Application for Employment through the on-line employment system at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/ no later than 11:59 p.m. of the cut-off date stated in this flyer.

    Food Safety Specialist #01350 – Fairfax

    (Environmental Specialist I, Pay Band 4)

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking a self-motivated person to become part of our Food Safety 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 defense; 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 for this position is Fairfax County. The 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 & 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; to respond to emergency situations and other assigned duties during both traditional and non-traditional work periods; 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. Must have (or be eligible for) and maintain a valid Virginia driver’s license and have a driving record that reflects a sense of responsibility for highway safety. 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. Hiring Salary Range: $38,979 - $56,165 annually.

    The final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check.


    APPLY Here

    To be considered for this position, you must complete a state application through the on-line employment system at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/ by 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2017. 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.

    Quality Customer Service: A VDACS Commitment

     

    Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

    Human Resource Office, Room 248, Oliver Hill Building, 102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219

    An Equal Opportunity Employer                                                                 vdacs.virginia.gov


  • May 05, 2017 9:29 AM | AFDO

    Date: June 16, 2017
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm Eastern Time

    Marijuana usage is growing in acceptability across the country, with changing regulations in many states, legalizing its use both recreationally and for medicinal purposes.   While these are exciting times for many, they raise questions about the safety of these products, and how should it be regulated and inspected.  Join NEHA for this informative webinar to explore the world of “Edibles.”   Edibles are produced for both medicinal and recreational use, and consumed in communities many local and state food safety agencies serve and protect. 

    Speakers include:

    • Marc A. Nascarella, PhD, Chief Toxicologist from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, who will share environmental public health considerations in the evaluation of medical marijuana products.
    • Marlene Gaither, REHS, Environmental Health Program Manager, Coconino County Public Health Services District, who will share a recent marijuana edibles recall and challenges that the regulatory system experienced during it. 
    • Cindy Rice, RS, CP-FS, Food Safety Specialist and President of Eastern Food Safety, who will share preventive controls and best practices that edible producers can put in place to minimize food safety risks and keep consumers safe, as well as aid regulators tasked with enforcing regulations and food safety.

    REGISTER HERE


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