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.

The SQF Program, covers various stages of the food supply chain through industry-specific codes from the farm through manufacturing (including packaging), storage and distribution, food retail and food service.

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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.

Sector Focused

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.

Industry Approved

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.

Go above and beyond with SQF certification and demonstrate a strong and credible commitment not only to food safety, but also quality. Effective implementation, validation and monitoring of controls ensures you brand confidence through safe products and customer reassurance.
SQF Food Safety Codes

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
SQF Quality Code

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 documents

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 Edition 9 – What Are the Changes?

SQFI 9.0 Codes are now available and audited to as of May 24, 2021

Learn more about the changes and review the Transition Information FAQ.

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