Retailers & Buyers
Protecting Your Consumer and Your Brand
SQF certification ensures that the products you buy have passed rigorous international standards for food quality and safety, including HACCP.
The SQF food quality certification is the only program outside Europe recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification.
SQF Certification meets and exceeds many international food safety, quality, and regulatory requirements, which gives you confidence in the companies you work with while minimizing the likelihood and impact of a recall.
The SQF Program is a rigorous and comprehensive food safety and quality program that is based on sound scientific principles, applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders.
The SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and accepted by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers world-wide.
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
Free access to all SQF codes, supporting documents, audit information, SQF technical experts and customer service.
The SQF Program includes a level of certification specifically focused on product quality and the maintenance of private label specifications at the manufacturing level.
REDUCED PRODUCT LOSS
The SQF approach to specification management helps to drive down costs by reducing work and improving operational efficiency.
Want to know if your suppliers are SQF-Certified? Check the SQF Assessment Database for suppliers who have had their audits conducted in the ReposiTrak® system.Supplier Directory
Compliance & Integrity Programs
The SQF Compliance and Integrity Programs (CIPs) help ensure the consistent application of the SQF Program by identifying areas for improvement and enhancing stakeholder trust and confidence in the SQF certificate.
The CIPs measures the quality and integrity of SQF certificates, audits, and SQF professionals in two areas: Monitoring Activities and Stakeholder Feedback.GET DETAILS ABOUT THE SQF CIPs
Impact on the Supply Chain
Working with SQF Certified suppliers ensures that the products you buy have passed rigorous global standards for food safety and quality. As the only GFSI benchmarked program that links the entire supply chain, SQF certification makes it even easier to find suppliers that are committed to food safety - from the farms all the way to the retail stores. Below are some examples of how the SQF Program can help you mitigate the risk of a food safety and quality crisis from happening.
Growing, raising, capturing or farming of products, including livestock, produce and seafood farming.
Producing or manufacturing a human food product, animal food and feed, supplements, and processing aids.
Making, storing and transporting food packaging materials. As well as items used in food manufacturing or food service sites.
Receiving, storage, display, consolidation and distribution or perishable fresh produce and general food lines.
Are your store employees following the processes and procedures set up to ensure the consumer is getting safe and quality items?
In our “prosumer” world, consumers utilize their stake in the market to advocate for safer, better quality products and to dictate how those products are made.