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Food technologists make sure food products are produced safely, legally and are of the quality claimed. They can be involved in developing the manufacturing processes and recipes of food and drink products and may work on existing and newly discovered ingredients to invent new recipes and concepts.
However, tasks may include:
modifying existing products and processes and developing new ones;
checking and improving safety and quality control procedures in your own and suppliers' factories, from the raw material stage through to the finished product;
researching current consumer markets and latest technologies to develop new product concepts;
selecting raw materials and other ingredients from suppliers;
preparing product costings based on raw materials and manufacturing costs to ensure profitable products;
A food-related degree is the preferred qualification for entry into this area of work. The following subjects in particular are relevant:
food, nutrition and health;
food safety and quality management.
Other relevant science subjects include physical, mathematical, life and medical science. In particular, subjects such as nutrition, microbiology and applied chemistry are helpful.
Applicant must possess good communication skills.