SQF

Today’s consumers are more educated about the food they’re providing their families and requiring more information about food quality. One link in the food chain does not get rattled without it affecting the next link. Customers expect more from their retailers and food service providers, who in turn expect more from their suppliers.

Heightened consumer demand for increased food safety assurances moves down the chain with retailers and service providers asking suppliers to provide verifiable proof that robust food safety control systems have been effectively implemented. These systems must have been properly validated and show evidence of continuous monitoring procedures. This is where the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program comes in.

  • SQF is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system.
  • Using the SQF certification program will help reduce assessment inconsistencies and costs of multiple assessment standards.
  • The SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification.
  • Administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), SQF benefits from continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns. These benefits are passed on to SQF certified suppliers, keeping them a step ahead of their competitors.
  • SQF benefits from continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns. These benefits are passed on to SQF certified suppliers, keeping them a step ahead of their competitors.

SQF is the only scheme to integrate a quality component as well as food safety.

The Safe Quality Food Institute Mission: To deliver consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs based on sound scientific principles, consistently applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders.

SQF Vision: To be the single most trusted source for global food safety and quality certification.


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    SQF Food Safety Fundamentals

    Entry-level Food Safety Code for small or developing food and pet food manufacturers. Will not be GFSI benchmarked.

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    SQF Food Safety Code for Primary Production

    Food Safety Code for all primary production category. Will be submitted for GFSI benchmarking.

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    SQF Food Safety Code for Food Retail

    Food Safety Code for Food Retail. Will be submitted for GFSI benchmarking.

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    SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing

    Food Safety Code for Manufacturing. Will be submitted for GFSI benchmarking.

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    SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing of Food Packaging

    Food Safety Code for Food Packaging. Will be submitted for GFSI benchmarking.

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    SQF Food Safety Code for Storage and Distribution

    Food Safety Code for Storage and Distribution. Will be submitted for GFSI benchmarking.

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    SQF Quality Code

    Quality Code for all primary, manufacturing, storage and distribution, food packaging sector categories. The site must be certified to the applicable SQF Food Safety Code. Will not be GFSI benchmarked.