Testers and graders, food and beverage processing (NOC 9465)

About this job

Testers and graders in this unit group:

  • test or grade ingredients and finished food, beverage or associated products to make sure company standards are met
  • work in fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, flour mills, bakeries, sugar refineries, fish plants, meat plants, breweries and other food, beverage and associated products processing plants
Common job titles
  • inspector, kosher inspector / mashgiach
  • tester, agricultural
  • tester, bakery products
  • tester, beverages
  • tester, confectionery
  • tester, dairy products


Testers and graders in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • take samples of products at various stages of processing
  • examine ingredients or finished products by sight, touch, taste and smell or weigh materials to make sure company standards are met
  • do routine tests for product specifications such as colour, alcohol content, carbonation, moisture content, temperature, fat content and packaging
  • grade or sort raw materials or finished products
  • make sure hygiene and sanitation practices follow policies and regulations
  • tell supervisors about ingredient or product deficiencies

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor environment.
  • Workers may be exposed to strong or toxic odours.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

There is little movement among the various types of testers and graders in this group.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.