SQF Modules

NOTE: This information applies to SQF Edition 7.2. Click here to see the Edition 8 information.

The Edition 7 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 industry. Food manufacturers and processors will use Module 11. The modules are as follows:

  • Module 1: Scope, References and Definition
  • Module 2: System Elements (Used by all food industries)
  • Module 3: Food Safety Fundamentals - Good Agricultural Practices for Single Feed Production
  • Module 4: GAP for Compound Feed Production
  • Module 5: GAP for Farming of Animal Products
  • Module 6: GAP for Farming of Fish
  • Module 7: GAP for Farming of Plant Products
  • Module 8: GAP for Farming of Grains and pulses
  • Module 9: GMP for Pre-processing of Animal Products
  • Module 10: GMP for Pre-processing of Plant Products
  • Module 11: GMP for Processing of Food Products
  • Module 12: GMP for Transport and Distribution of Food Products
  • Module 13: GMP for Production of Food Packaging
  • Module 14: GMP for Brokers or Agents
  • Module 15: GMP for Food Catering, Wholesale and Retail
  • Module 16: Requirements for SQF Multi-site Programs Managed by a Central Site

Here are more details about each SQF module, and the applicable food sector categories:

Module 1: Scope, References and Definition
Module 2: System Elements

Used by all food industries.

Module 3: Food Safety Fundamentals - Good Agricultural Practices for Single Feed Production
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 2: Growing and harvesting of animal feeds
Module 4: GAP for Compound Feed Production
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 34: Manufacture of animal feeds
Module 5: GAP for Farming of Animal Products
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 1: Production, capture, and harvesting of livestock and game animals
    • 1A: Free range animal production
    • 1B: Intensive animal production
    • 1C: Dairy farming
    • 1D: Game animals
    • 1E: Apiculture
Module 6: GAP for Farming of Fish
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 6: Harvest and intensive farming of fish
    • 6A: Wild caught fish
    • 6B: Aquaculture and RTE fish
Module 7: GAP for Farming of Plant Products
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 3: Growing and production of fresh produce
    • 3A: Fresh produce that will undergo further processing
    • 3B: Ready-to-eat (RTE) produce
Module 8: GAP for Farming of Grains and pulses
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 5: Extensive broad acre agriculture operations
Module 9: GMP for Pre-processing of Animal Products
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 7: Slaughterhouse, boning, and butchery operations
    • 7A: Red meat
    • 7B: Poultry meat
Module 10: GMP for Pre-processing of Plant Products
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 4: Fresh produce pack house operations
  • FSC 5A: Seed production (mung bean seeds, alfalfa seeds, watercress seeds)
Module 11: GMP for Processing of Food Products
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 8: Processing of manufactured meats and poultry
  • FSC 9: Seafood processing (including 9A, 9B, 9C)
  • FSC 10: Dairy processing
  • FSC 11: Honey processing
  • FSC 12: Egg processing
  • FSC 13: Bakery and snack food processing
  • FSC 14: Fruit and vegetable processing
  • FSC 15: Canning, pasteurization, UHT and aseptic operations (includes 15A, 15B)
  • FSC 16: Ice, drink, and beverage processing
  • FSC 17: Confectionery manufacturing
  • FSC 18: Preserved foods manufacture
  • FSC 19: Food ingredient manufacture
  • FSC 20: Recipe meals manufacture
  • FSC 21: Oils, fats and the manufacture of fat-based spreads
  • FSC 22: Processing of cereals, grains, and nuts
Module 12: GMP for Transport and Distribution of Food Products
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 25: Fresh produce wholesaling and distribution
  • FSC 26: Food wholesaling and distribution
Module 13: GMP for Production of Food Packaging
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 27: Production of food packaging
Module 14: GMP for Brokers or Agents
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 35: Broker or agent
Module 15: GMP for Food Catering, Wholesale and Retail
Applicable food sector categories (FSCs) are:
  • FSC 24: Food retail
  • FSC 23: Food catering and food service operations
Module 16: Requirements for SQF Multi-site Programs Managed by a Central Site
The above is a summary of the SQF Modules. For more detailed information visit the SQFI Website and view the code.