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SQF

Safe Quality Food

Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification allows food safety and quality systems to be verified and validated throughout the food chain. The SQF Code is a process and product certification standard. The main feature of the SQF Code is its emphasis on the systematic application of HACCP to control food quality hazards and food safety.

SQF certification assures that the supplier’s food safety plans have been implemented in accordance with the HACCP method and applicable regulatory requirements to effectively manage food safety. It is also a statement of the supplier’s commitment to produce safe, quality food, and comply with SQF requirements and other applicable food legislation.

Level-based Certification

Produced on July 1, 2012, the SQF Code, Ed. 7 makes certification attainable for all companies by dividing the process into three levels:

  • Level 1 – Food Safety Fundamentals: Covers only GAP/GMP/GDP requirements and basic food safety elements.
  • Level 2 – Certified HACCP-based Food Safety Plans: Incorporates all Level 1 system requirements and requires a food safety risk analysis of the product/processes has been completed to identify hazards and corrective actions.
  • Level 3 – Comprehensive Food Safety and Quality Management System: Incorporates all Level 1 and Level 2 system elements, and indicates that a food quality risk analysis of the product/processes has been completed and that corrective actions to prevent poor quality have been implemented.