SQFI has introduced four code amendments to be implemented and audited with the applicable Edition 9 codes:
- Medical screening applies to Personnel Hygiene and Welfare, 18.104.22.168; 22.214.171.124; 10.4.1.1; 126.96.36.199; 188.8.131.52; 184.108.40.206; 220.127.116.11. These elements shall include a medical screening procedure for all employees, visitors and contractors who handle exposed product or food contact surfaces.
- Approved Suppliers applies to 2.3.3 in the primary food safety codes and 2.3.4 in all other codes except Storage & Distribution. Approved supplier registers shall include supplier contact details. All approved and emergency suppliers shall be registered.
- Multi-site program. Sub-sites within an SQF multi-site program can only operate in one or more of these food sector categories – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 26.
- Application of Agricultural Chemicals. The requirements of 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, and 188.8.131.52 shall apply to the person(s) applying chemicals as well as the person making decisions on chemical application.
The implementation date is October 4, 2021.