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Safe Quality Food Standard (SQF) Certification

Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification with SGS proves that your organization produces, processes, prepares and handles food products to the highest possible standards. SQF is designed as a food safety program, but it also covers product quality (at level 3), a feature that is unique to a certification program of this type.

The SQF program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as a scheme that can offer a seamless ‘field to fork’ food safety and quality certification solution. It provides supply chain management for both primary production (SQF 1000) and food manufacturing and distribution (SQF 2000).

The SQF 1000 system consists of the SQF 1000 Code and its corresponding guidance documents. It is a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), quality-based supplier assurance code designed to meet the food safety and quality system requirements applied by a primary producer.

The SQF Institute’s SQF 2000 is a rigorous and internationally-credible food safety management system. Our SQF 2000 Certification program and SQF training courses provide all food manufacturing, distribution and trading organizations with an opportunity for continuous improvement.

There are three levels of certification available with SQF 1000 and SQF 2000:

  • Level 1: Food Safety Fundamentals
  • Level 2: Certified HACCP Food Safety Plans
  • Level 3: Comprehensive Food Safety and Quality Management Systems

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