Agricultural and fish products inspectors (NOC 2222)

About this job

Agricultural and fish products inspectors:

  • inspect agricultural and fish products for conformity to prescribed production, storage and transportation standards
  • work for government departments and agencies and for private sector food processing companies
  • supervisors of agricultural and fish products inspectors are also included in this group
Common job titles
  • inspector, agricultural products
  • inspector, animal health / livestock
  • inspector, bread / flour / grain
  • inspector, contagious animal disease
  • inspector, crop certification
  • inspector, dairy products


Fish and fish products inspectors:

  • inspect fish, fish products, fish handling and processing methods, and prepare reports and ensure that regulations are followed

Fruit and vegetables inspectors:

  • examine fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables at inspection centres and prepare reports on crop production and market conditions

Grain inspectors:

  • inspect and grade all classes of grain at terminal elevators, monitor the fumigation of infested grain, and examine storage, handling and transportation equipment to ensure that sanitary procedures are followed

Meat inspectors:

  • monitor the operations and sanitary conditions of slaughtering and meat processing plants, and inspect carcasses to ensure they are fit for consumption

Plant protection inspectors:

  • approve seed crops and oversee the quarantine, treatment or destruction of plants and plant products, and the fumigation of plants and plant product imports and exports

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office, or an outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to various weather conditions. Also, workers may be exposed to noxious, intense or prolonged odours, and infectious bacteria and viruses as a result of contact with infectious materials or micro-organisms that may cause illness.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With experience, promotion to managerial positions in this field is possible.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.