SQF Food Safety and Quality Codes
Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF Program is designed to meet the needs of suppliers throughout the food chain through its food safety and quality codes.
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Supply Chain Scope
The SQF codes are designed to meet the needs of the specific sectors in the food supply chain. They provide for certification of primary production (agriculture and aquaculture), food manufacturing, packaging, distribution, retail, food service as well as the additional quality code.
The SQF Codes are globally recognized providing a certificate that assures that the product you buy meets international food safety requirements. Each code focuses on the food safety good manufacturing practices (GMP) that are relevant to each sector.
The SQF Codes are one of the world’s leading food safety and quality management systems. SQF certification is supported by an increasing number of significant retailers and food service providers.
What’s in the Codes?
More than a Global Food Safety Standard.
As a GFSI-benchmarked food safety standard, the SQF Food Safety Code provides sites with a HACCP based approach to ensure that their products meet all regulations. Aimed at organizations looking to satisfy their retailers’ and buyers’ GFSI certification requirements.
The scope of the SQF Code sets it apart from other GFSI benchmarked schemes as it covers farm to table.
The SQF Food Safety Codes provide sites with management system requirements, a HACCP based program and sector-specific Good Manufacturing Practices.
- SQF Food Safety Code for Primary Production (Plant, Animal, Aquaculture)
- SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing (Food, Pet Food, Animal, Dietary Supplement)
- SQF Food Safety Code for Storage and Distribution
- SQF Food Safety Code for Food Packaging
- SQF Food Safety Code for Retail
The Quality code is designed to identify, control and monitor product quality related threats. The Quality code is most suited to sites who want to go beyond just food safety performance. Anybody with recognized GFSI audit and equivalent certification including HACCP can obtain and SQF Quality Code Audit
SQF Guidance, Tip Sheets and Checklists – SQFI RIO Road to Audits (Records, Interviews, and Observations) Included in these guidance documents is a table that outlines the records, interviews and observations that would assist in preparing, implementing, and reviewing the SQF Code topic. This can be used by the site, auditor, consultant, trainer to better understand the intent of the code and overall improve as they move through their food safety journey.
SQF Courses & Training
Explore the range of SQF courses we have on offer through SAI Global Assurance Learning.
Virtual Instructor-Led Training Implementing SQF Systems – Manufacture Of Food Packaging 9th Edition
Learn and understand the Certification Process and the new 9.0 code for Food Packaging
Virtual Instructor-Led Training Implementing SQF Systems – Manufacturing Edition 9
Learn how to implement and maintain the SQF Edition 9 for Food Safety in Manufacturing.
Virtual Instructor-Led Training SQF Internal Auditing
Gain the qualifications and skills you need in order to audit your company’s SQF system effectively and with confidence.
Virtual Instructor-Led Training Advanced SQF Practitioner
The SQF Advanced Practitioner course provides the tools needed to improve and advance the food safety system in the facility and manage the ongoing maintenance of the SQF Program.