We are not aware of the scope in food science and technology, but post graduate freshers are recruited by organisations in India at food testing laboratories and food industry, individuals are also recruited for the post of food inspectors, food analysts and quality maintenance officers.
FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Control Authority of India) has been established under the Food safety and standards, 2006 conducts Food analyst (includes Paper 1 and Paper 2) and Junior food analyst (includes Paper 1 only) exams annually keeping in view of the insufficient number of skilled professionals in the food testing and analysis field. A one-time opportunity of appearing for the paper 2 practical exam will be provided after the Junior food analysts obtain 3 years of experience in food analysis. Once they qualify paper 2, Junior food analysts will be promoted as Food analysts under FSSR 2011. These exams do not necessarily guarantee a government or a private job and individuals qualifying these exams (no limit in the number of qualifying candidates) will be declared to be appointed as a food analyst. Candidates passing these exams are qualified to sign the analytical report of food products of FSSAI notified food testing laboratories for legal purposes.
- To analyze the article of food sent to them and to follow those instructions by adhering to the procedure as adopted by the Food Authority.
- To sign the report of analysis.
- To send this report to the designated officer after the completion of analysis of food article within 14 days from the date of receipt.
- To undergo specialized training programs as specified by the Food Authority periodically.
AGE LIMIT: For Food analyst examination, there is no age limit. For Junior food analyst examination, the upper age limit is 28 years for general category, 33 years for SC/ST category and 31 years for OBC category.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION: The candidate should hold Bachelor of Technology in Dairy/Oil or hold a Master’s degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry or Microbiology or Dairy Chemistry or Food Technology, Food and Nutrition or hold degree in Veterinary Sciences from a university establishes in India by law or is an associate of the Institution of Chemists (India) by examination in the section of Food Analysts conducted by the Institution of Chemists (India) or any other equivalent qualification recognized and notified by the Central government for such purposes.
EXPERIENCE: For Food analyst examination, 3 years of experience in the field of food analysis is mandatory. For Junior food analyst examination, experience is not required.
If you are interested in Food analysis and are eligible to apply for these exams, do check out their official website (https://fssai.gov.in/) to learn more about food analysis and safety.