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How to become an SQF Practitioner

If you are wondering how to become an SQF Practitioner, you are not alone. There is no shortage of confusion around this question. There used to be an Certified SQF Practitioner. However, SQF does not certify practitioners or require certification of practitioners. There are 3 requirements that you need to meet to be qualified to be […]

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Training your Practitioner & HACCP: Affordable Options

Employees are the key to producing safe food. How can you meet the requirements for training without breaking your training budget? You will find affordable online options for you to choose from at 22000-tools.com, by Vinca, LLC. Training your SQF Practitioner Learn how to implement a food safety certification system from start to finish—all online! […]

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Prerequisite Programs (PRPs)

Prerequisite Programs What are prerequisite programs? Prerequisite programs (PRPs) are programs and practices that are put in place to maintain a sanitary environment and minimize the risk of introducing a food safety hazard. Provide suitable building and equipment design and construction Plan and Implement Pre-requisite programs Address statutory, regulatory and customer requirements as well as […]

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SQF and FDA

If one is compliant with SQF, is it safe to say that one is also compliant with the FDA? Not necessarily. The requirements emphasize different aspects. The FDA is regulatory, the SQF code emphasizes food safety management. SQF does require that you comply with all applicable regulations, such as FDA. So a certified company is […]

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What is the difference between HACCP and SQF?

SQF and HACCP both address food safety, so what is the difference between them? SQF is a food safety management system and requires that a HACCP program is used as part of the food safety management program. SQF also requires food safety management system processes and procedures to manage all aspects of food safety throughout […]

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The Role and Requirements of the SQF Practitioner

When a company sets out to become SQF Certified, it is necessary to appoint an SQF Practitioner to be the lead for the implementation of the SQF system. The company must give that person the authority to lead the development of the Food Safety Fundamentals and the Food Safety Plan. Role of the SQF Practitioner: […]

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SQF Transition Package

Upgrade from SQF 6 to SQF 7

SQF Edition 7.1 has been released. How do you know when to upgrade your Edition 6 to 7.1? Update: All systems will now be audited to SQF Edition 7.1. If your desk audit is scheduled before July 2012, the audit will use SQF Edition 6 (SQF 2000). You will need to have your facility audit […]

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Costs and Benefits of SQF Certification

There are many important benefits of SQF Certification. The benefits extend to lowered costs, increased profits and market share and lowered risk of product recalls. The benefits include: Greater opportunities and market access Reduces audit burdens from buyer audits Improves processes and efficiencies Savings from reduced recalls Recognized worldwide Promotes confidence Enhances image Manages risk […]

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SQF 7.1 Modules

SQF Edition 7.1 is now available – Implementation date is July 1, 2013 The version 7.1 has only one standard, but will include different modules for the food safety fundamentals that apply to different segments of the food industry. Every company will use module 2, System Elements and add the module that applies to their […]

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What is SQF Edition 7?

Update: the current Edition is now SQF 7.1. The documents are available for download on the SQFI site. SQF Edition 7, the newest version of the SQF (Safe Quality Food) Standard has been released to replace the SQF 2000 Code 6. Edition 7 only has one standard but includes various modules for the food safety […]

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