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    Bethlehem, PA 18017

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Quality Assurance Technician- Night Shift

Freshpet • Bethlehem, PA

Posted 11 days ago

Job Snapshot

Full-Time
Travel - None
Experience - At least 2 year(s)
Degree - 2 Year Degree
$20.00 - $25.00 /Hour
Manufacturing

Job Competition

60

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Job Description

The responsibilities of the  QA Technician will include:

  • Conduct hourly production line audits to evaluate compliance to product standards, food safety standards and regulatory requirements.  Document audit data.
  • Perform routine product tests during audits including: temperature, pH, oxygen, CEM moisture, net weight, particle size, vacuum, and packaging integrity to determine conformance to standards.
  • Be familiar with Freshpet HACCP programs for all products.  Conduct and/or verify required HACCP food safety tests.
  • Perform product organoleptic evaluations on all pet food batches produced for conformance to standards.  Document test results.
  • Work with operations to evaluate nonconformance occurrences and implement corrective action.  Document data on Corrective Action Log.
  • Isolate and place nonconforming products or ingredients on hold and document hold by entering data on Hold Log and circulating information to Operations and Quality Management.
  • Inspect incoming ingredients for conformance to ingredient specifications, collect representative samples for testing and document audit data.
  • Collect routine product, ingredient or water samples for microbiological or chemical testing, shelf life evaluations or to use as retention samples.
  • Conduct Vacuum Tank Packaging tests on Roasted Meals, Vital Complete Meals and Single Serve products to evaluate packaging and seal integrity.
  • Test diluted sanitizers and foot bath solutions to verify concentration.  Record data
  • Audit sanitation and perform ATP hygiene tests on food contact surfaces and equipment to determine sanitation effectiveness.  Document swab data.
  • Take swab and sponge samples from established locations to evaluate plant Micro conditions.  Record data.
  • Test cooling water for sanitary conditions and add biocides as need to control water quality.  Record test data and chemical addition levels.
  • Provide technical support to Shift Supervisors and Line Leaders.
  • Assumes additional related responsibilities as necessary
  • Monitor plant TPR tests and collect required samples for testing.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working in Food Safety/Quality Systems, preferably in food or pet food.
  • Capable of performing and understanding mathematic calculations. Understanding of ratios, percentages, and fractions.
  • Basic understanding of Biology and/or Chemistry and associated technical terms.
  • Basic computer skills to read and write emails and enter data on spreadsheets.
  • Basic understanding of food Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Capable of following instructions and conducting routine Quality Assurance tests.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Sound ethics

Education Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • Associate Degree in Science Area preferred.

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