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Safe Quality Food Institute Maintains Vigilance of the Food Supply, Launches Edition 8

April 5, 2017

Safe Quality Food Institute Maintains Vigilance of the Food Supply, Launches Edition 8

APRIL 5, 2017 – ARLINGTON, VA – The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a global leader in third-party food safety and quality certification, announces the release of SQFI program edition 8, which addresses all areas of the food industry – from primary production through the supply chain to consumers’ hands at their grocery store.

The most notable change to the structure of the program is the separation of the food safety and quality requirements into individual assessments, customized for each industry segment and covering more than 35 supplier and food sector categories: produce and livestock; manufacturing; distribution; manufacturer of food packaging (e.g., glass bottles, plastic containers); and a new program specific to food retail.

The separation of the assessments offers a new approach to quality audits. The SQF Edition 8, Quality Program is now independent of the Food Safety Program and provides sites the opportunity to assess their quality systems either separate or in conjunction with their food safety certification audit.

“SQFI is taking the scope of our food safety and quality programs to the next level.  With the release of the upgraded program, we are continuing to provide our stakeholders with relevant and robust resources to address the changing regulatory and food safety landscape.” said Robert Garfield, SQFI’s Chief Food Safety Assessment Officer & SVP.  “We are also excited to announce the release of SQFI’s newest certification program, the SQF Food Safety Code for Food Retail.  The SQF Food Safety Code for Food Retail is for any retail and wholesale grocer who wants another layer of brand protection to help ensure they are properly protecting consumers.”

Garfield stated, “Continuous improvement is not just something we preach at SQFI, it’s something we practice. Keeping a diligent watch on the food safety and quality industry, and creating relevant and timely updates to our program is the cornerstone of the SQFI mission and vision.”

Edition 8 replaces the SQF Code, edition 7.2, and is valid for all certification and surveillance audits conducted after January 2, 2018. Those sites with an existing SQF certification will be required to upgrade their processes and procedures to meet the requirements outlined in edition 8 by that date.

For Media:

  • Join the SQFI team at noon eastern on April 6, 2017 for a free webinar that will explain and examine the changes made in edition 8. SQFI will also host a webinar on April 27 at noon Australian Eastern Standard time (AEST). Register now at sqfi.com/events
  • For more information about SQF Code, Edition 8 please visit sqfi.com

About the SQF Program

Recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a stringent, credible food safety management system, The Safe Quality Food Institute delivers consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs based on sound scientific principles, consistently applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders.  Administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), SQF benefits from continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns which are passed on food suppliers.