The SQF (Safe Quality Food) Program is a leading global food safety and quality certification program developed in 1994 and now owned by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). The program is designed as a food safety program based on the systematic application of Codex HACCP principles and guidelines but includes quality to assure customers that a management system is in place to deliver Safe Quality Food that meets both their own and regulatory requirements.
Introduced on July 1, 2012, the SQF Code, Ed. 7 serves as the replacement for the SQF 1000 and 2000 codes - offering one food supplier standard for use by all sectors of the food industry, from primary production to transport and distribution.
With this standard, SQF helps make certification more attainable for smaller companies by dividing the process into three steps: from Level 1, which incorporates fundamental food safety controls appropriate for low-risk products; all the way to Level 3, indicating a comprehensive implementation of food safety and quality management systems development.
The Standards are recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and provide a link between primary producers, manufacturers, distributers and agents.They are also recognized by retailers and food service providers around the world who require HACCP food safety and quality management systems of their suppliers.