Supplier Addendums

Recognized by Retailers, Aligned with Regulators

Retailers and foodservice providers often establish operational policy standards requiring trading partners to have a GFSI-benchmarked food safety management program. We take pride in our privileged status as a leading food safety standard for supplier assurance, acknowledged by both regulators and retailers.


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The SQF program has achieved endorsements for many retailers’ supplier approval processes as an approved certification system. Major retailers and brand owners who recognize GFSI accept all GFSI benchmarked certification standards, including SQFI, for supplier food safety assurance. The SQF certification brings world-class food safety management to a commonly accepted benchmark. In addition, it also reduces the audit burden for suppliers while ensuring retailers' consistency in product safety and quality, meeting their specifications. 

SQF partnered with these organizations to develop tailored audit addenda that complement SQF audits to address customers’ unique product and process specifications. Some brand owners and regulatory bodies may require additional checklists or addenda. Check with your retailer or brand owner for the latest update to their requirements. Be sure to ask your customer about SQF alignment with their requirements.

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United States FDA FSMA Alignment

The SQF Preventive Controls Addendum can be added to the SQF certification audit by U.S.-based facilities and foreign suppliers to demonstrate compliance with the U.S. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements. Buyers can rely on the results of the SQF Certification audit with the Preventive Controls addendum to assess supplier conformance with U.S. regulations.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) identified SQF Certification as a risk reduction factor in food facility risk assessment. 

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McDonald’s has approved the use of the Primary Produce Addendum coupled with SQF certification for all produce suppliers globally. This approval complements the existing McDonald’s addendum for food manufacturing for SQF-certified sites. Suppliers inform their certification body, such as NSF, that they require the McDonald’s addendum when they apply for the SQF certification audit. There are three McDoanld’s Addendums you can request from your certification body:

  • SQF Addendum for McDonald’s produce suppliers
  • SQF Addendum for McDonald’s food manufacturing suppliers
  • SQF Addendum for McDonald’s food packaging suppliers


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Yum! Brands Addendum

Yum now accepts SQFI food safety certification for their supply chain partners.

Food producers, processors, packaging manufacturers, and storage and distribution partners to Yum! Brands certified to a GFSI benchmarked standard, such as the SQF Food Safety Code, will not be required to have the additional Yum! food safety audit. SQF is endorsed by Yum! Brands for food and packaging suppliers and storage and distribution services approval.  

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Request your SQF certification audit for Costco from your certification body. Costco requires its supplier food safety audits to be unannounced. There are two options to request:

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Amazon Marketplace

SQF Food Safety Code: Dietary Supplement Manufacturing for Amazon Marketplace sellers

Sellers wishing to market their dietary supplement products on the Amazon platform must have a valid good manufacturing practice (GMP) certificate in compliance with 21 CFR 111, issued annually by an accredited third-party certification body. Amazon accepts SQF certification to fulfill this requirement. 

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SQF Sustainability Integrated Pest Management Addendum for Pollinator Protection - Approved by Walmart

Walmart requires produced suppliers to implement certain sustainability initiatives, including integrated pest management (IPM) for the protection of pollinators and the critical role they play in a sustainable food system. Suppliers must achieve certification to Walmart approved programs to meet this requirement. SQFI developed the IPM Sustainability Addendum, benchmarked by the IPM Institute and approved by Walmart, to complement our SQF Food Safety Code for Primary Plant Production. The addendum, available here, is used by your SQF auditor during the food safety audit visit to verify practices implemented on the farm. 

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SQF Fundamentals Verification Assessment (FVA) for Whole Foods Market very small suppliers

Suppliers to Whole Foods Market will be directed to receive a food safety audit or certification. Very small suppliers may be eligible for a SQF Fundamentals Verification (FVA) remote assessment rather than an onsite certification audit. Ask your Whole Foods contact to confirm if they will accept the SQF Fundamental Verification Assessment (SQF FVA)  for your company to be approved.

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If you are a brand owner or retailer seeking to streamline your supplier management process, SQF is a reliable and resourceful partner to support this transition. By adopting GFSI benchmarked SQF certification in place of your proprietary customer audit, you can save your team and your suppliers time and money.

We coordinate with you to evaluate your standards against the applicable SQF Code, determine gaps, and develop an addendum or audit guidance for approved certification bodies to utilize during the SQF audit.

As we see the commonality between customer requirements and any gaps, SQF can incorporate these learnings into the next SQF Code Edition. This collaborative process keeps retailer and brand owner expectations as the focus of our program evolution, ensuring globally recognized and aligned standards for consistency in supplier management.