Inspection of Plant Facility and Equipment/Pre-Operational Inspections. Auditing Plant Computer Data Records and hard files. Monitoring/Verification/Enforcement of Plant Manual of Procedures. Acts and Regulations – Managing/ enforcement/ implementation, between CFIA and Plant Staff with regards to food safety. Enforcing Shipping and Labeling – more... Regulations. Working in a Team Environment with CFIA staff, Laboratory technicians, Plant Quality Assurance and with Plant Supervisors. Online Inspections – Pathology detection/disposition. Ante-mortem/ Post-mortem Inspections - Pathology detection Sample Testing and processing/ Antibiotics/Trichina/E-Coli. – less
I would like to tell you about my position as a Developmental Food Inspector with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. To ensure food safety, the Agency utilizes the CVS Program (Compliance Verification System) which involves aspects of Monitoring/Verification/Enforcement. As a Food Inspector for over thirteen years, I had the opportunity to maximize – more... my skills involving: CVS management/leadership, Communication, CVS organization, Research, Quality Assurance, Sample Testing and processing, Auditing computer/hard file data records, CVS program development and CVS training experience. I was also involved as PSAC Union Vice President Local 55 and Health and Safety representative. I have also received Vocational Training as a Shop Stewart which involved organizing, managing of the Tool Shop, and the distribution, auditing of tools and equipment. As the Shop Stewart I also became familiar with operating construction power tools and hand tools. While managing as Shop Stewart I also carried out duties as Health and Safety representative. Ensuring construction crews followed Health and Safety Acts and Regulations, carried out daily Safety Checks within onsite construction project – less
Administrative Specialist (Former Employee), Guelph, ON – May 28, 2014
Political agendas made working here difficult. Management would often show favouritism. Constant changes to the business model announced, but no details given to employees, leading to much speculation and insecurity.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Mississauga, ON – April 4, 2014
I enjoyed all aspects of my Career at the CFIA Learned different programs based on the job requirements Management was very co-operative My co-workers helped me as a team The hardest part of my job is we did not have a supervisor on my shift I had to make decision on my own and we were always short-staffed which I had to handle another staff responsibility I – more... enjoyed working in a fast pace industry and it was very challenging. – less
Supervisor of Import Operations (Current Employee), Montréal, QC – October 2, 2013
I had the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge about imports and export regulations. Working in this government agency, I perfected the required qualifications-leadership, judgment, work organization- to be an excellent manager. I consider managing people the most challenging and fulfilling tasks of all, and I am glad I have had the opportunity – more... to excel in this domaine. – less
To enjoy and maintaine a positive outlook to my days work!!!
Inspector (Former Employee), Halifax, NS – August 30, 2013
Pros: hours of work was great.
Cons: unit i worked in is being closed.
A typical day was to prepare your area of patrol and to enforce the acts and regulations of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Interact with the lumber industry, forestry industry and other levels of government to educate and enforce the program and ensure they were following the laws of the Agency.
I've learn so much about the Forestry and the Lumber – more... Industry and the problem they face everyday to maintain business.
Very much enjoyed working with a great Team of dedicated workers.
The hardest part of the job was working on surveys in the woods during bug season.
The most enjoyable part of the job was to see the drive into wilderness country and enjoy the wildlife and scenery . – less
Primary Inspector (Former Employee), Victoria, BC – May 24, 2013
Typical day could be in the office doing data entry, in the field setting or monitoring insect traps, or in greenhouses collecting tissue samples. Learned a lot about working in the field independently, how to navigate in remote areas and how to process samples to be sent to a laboratory. Management was fair and easily assigned daily work assignments. – more... Co-workers were helpful and fun to work with. Most difficult part of the job was talking to home owners who did not want government insect traps on their property. Most enjoyable part of the job was being able to have a variety of assignments and no two days were the same. – less
Lab Technician (Former Employee), Ottawa, ON – March 12, 2013
Pros: excellent salary
SDS-PAGE (LPS); Western blotting (immunoblotting); silver and Coomassie blue stain; gel drying; cationic and urea PAGE;
Extraction of bacterial genomic DNA and plasmid DNA; restriction enzyme analysis; agarose gel electrophoresis; Southern blotting; preparation of hybridization probes; nick translation; autoradiography; ribotyping; transformation; – more... PCR; operation of UV spectrophotometer.
ELIFA (Enzyme Linked Immunofiltration Assay) ELISA for diagnosis of Epizootic Haemorrhage Disease virus (EHD 1 & 2) Bluetongue; Pseudo-rabies and Vascular Stomatitis virus (New Jersey & Indiana) infection. Identification of campylobacter – less
Meat Hygiene Supervisor (Former Employee), High River, AB. – October 3, 2012
Pros: interesting work load
Cons: work site politics
Work day normally started @ 06:00 hrs and ended @ 14:00 hrs. Instructed High Line Speed Certification course Instructed Compliance Verification Course Equipment and Building Approvals Supervised 40 inspectors Communicating with certain managers could be difficult at times Being part of the solution to a concern or problem was most enjoyable
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Ottawa, Ontario – August 29, 2012
I learned so much working for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Including but not limited to managing a large budget, arranging all aspects of travel including interpreters, hosting hospitality events, obtaining visa and all necessary travel documents. I also had the opportunity to meet and work with many wonderful people which made work very enjoyable.