Safe Quality Food (SQF) is a food safety certification scheme.
The SQF Food Safety Management System is designed to provide organizations with a rigorous system to manage food safety risks, provide safe product and provide organizations with a recognized food safety certification.
SQF is GFSI Recognized and benchmarked to provide you with the recognition you need to supply products to leading manufacturers and retailers worldwide. More and more retailers and manufacturers are asking for GFSI recognized certification. Food processors and food packaging manufacturers are becoming certified to meet customer demands and to stay competitive in the marketplace.
The SQF Code has different requirements specific to different industry segments, meaning that many different types of food companies can use the SQF Code to build a system that is right for them. This is achieved by presenting requirements in different Modules of the code. Each organization must identify the modules that apply, and meet those requirements.
The SQF Code contains requirements for a Food Safety Management System (FSMS)
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Introduction to SQF System Elements This online training session teaches you the requirements of SQF System Elements (Module 2 of the SQF Code). Available on-demand, 1 1/2 hours long. certificate of completion provided.
Food Safety Fundamentals This online training session teaches you the prerequisite program requirements for your industry (Food Processor or Food Packaging Manufacturer). Available on-demand, 1 1/2 hours long. certificate of completion provided.
One of the most frequently asked questions about SQF is simply "How?" How do I get SQF Certified?
You will achieve SQF Certification by committing the time and resources to build an effective food safety management system and implementing food safety fundamentals to ensure your facility and environment are capable of producing safe product.
How much time, and how much resources? This will depend on your organization and what practices and procedures you have in place to start with. Do you have:
The more of those that you can say "Yes" to, the farther along the timeline you are already. These four things provide you with a foundation to build your SQF system upon. If there are some (or all) of these items that are not yet in place, your project will be more demanding.
A good place to start is with a Gap Analysis. This is an audit of your current system to compare it to the requirements of SQF. The results give you a Task List of what must be put into place for compliance to SQF. You can then use this task list to assign responsibilities and a timeline for addressing the items on the list.
Cynthia Weber, our president, is an SQF Registered Consultant and FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor for the Food Processing and Food Packaging Manufacturer Industries. Her experience and expertise implementing Food Safety Management Systems is available to you through the tools and training we offer, and through the customer support we provide to customers throughout your implementation project. Customers may email or call Ms. Weber with questions throughout their project.
22000-Tools provides you with the knowledge and tools that you need for a successful certification project. Our online training programs walk you through each step of designing, documenting and implementing your system so you are ready for your certification audit. Versions are available for Food Processors, Pet Food Processors and Food Packaging Manufacturers. Our SQF course series includes:
You may register for the courses one by one, or order the complete series in our "Complete Training Package". For a facility-wide training solution, order our "Premium Package". This package provides your project leader with the complete training and multiple log-ins to allow you to train others in your management team, food safety team and internal audit team. For multi-site organizations we can provide a Corporate Solution. Contact us for a custom quote for Premium Packages for each site, 800-746-3174.