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Food safety regulatory specialists help to ensure the quality and safety of our food supply. Food safety regulation specialists enforce proper methods of seed selection, fertilization, pest control, harvesting, storage and transport.

They make sure foods are properly labeled, kept at the right temperature and taken off the shelves once they expire. Import inspectors are charged with ensuring that food products imported into the United States meet the same safety standards. For commercially prepared foods, food safety regulatory specialists monitor processing operations, inspect equipment and identify potential sources of contamination. Food safety regulatory specialists also inspect food service operators, such as restaurants and caterers, to enforce health and safety regulations.

Most food safety regulatory specialists are employed by government agencies as inspectors or work for a food producer helping to promote full compliance with food safety regulations.