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Food Safety & Quality Assurance

The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program

Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) since 2004, the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is one of the world’s foremost food safety and quality assurance systems. Collectively, the SQF family of food safety and quality codes are engineered to meet regulatory, industry and customer requirements for all sectors of the food chain, starting at the farm and ending in retail stores. The Program and its certifications assure producers and their buyers that their food products meet the highest possible global food safety standards. 

Created as a modular code system, the SQF Program acknowledges that the risk to food products and processes varies between industry sectors. Industry-specific modules function in conjunction with robust core elements, establishing a comprehensive set of codes governing the spectrum of safety and quality concerns. 

Initial certification under the SQF Program requires an exhaustive, independent audit, ensuring that a company’s processes, record keeping and safety practices conform to the rigorous standards set forth in the appropriate code sections. The certification is maintained using verified surveillance, inspections and annual audits. 

For more details on the requirements and benefits, please visit the website of the Safe Quality Food Program. 

The SQF Food Safety Code for Storage and Distribution

Specific to the requirements of our industry, certification under the SQF Food Safety Code for Storage and Distribution, and its corresponding module, provides our customers with independent verification—and peace of mind—secure in the knowledge that their products are safely handled.

Module 12 of the SQF Code, entitled Good Distribution Practices for Transport and Distribution of Food Products, includes codes covering the receipt, storage, consolidation and distribution of perishable fresh produce and general food lines including chilled, frozen, dry goods, shelf-stable or pre-processed and packaged foods and/or food intended for further preparation by the consumer at wholesale level.

More information on the latest Module 12 requirements can be found at the Safe Quality Food Program website. 

Did You Know...

According the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 10 people globally will fall ill each year from contaminated food, resulting in over 400,000 deaths.