The Safe Quality Food (SQF) is a rigorous food safety and quality program recognized y the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The SQF food safety and quality codes are designed to meet consumer, industry, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain, from farm to fork.
As a food producer, achieving certification under the SQF scheme helps you assure your buyers that their food products have been grown, produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest standards of food safety and quality.
The SQF program links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. QIMA-WQS offers SQF certification for all members of the food supply chain, under the following scopes:
SQF is the only GFSI recognized standard that provides a separate, unique approach to incorporating a Quality certification component.
All applicable system elements and the relevant GAP & GMP module(s) are assessed as part of the certification audit. Where an element is not applicable and appropriately justified, the SQF food safety audit marks it as "not applicable" (N/A) in the audit report.
Mandatory elements are designated with "Mandatory" in the system elements in the SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing, System Elements. Mandatory elements must be audited, and compliance/non-compliance reported (cannot be reported as "not applicable" or "exempt").
The mandatory elements of a SQF food safety audit are:
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