This easy-to-follow tip sheet will give you the tools you need for determining the most applicable SQF Code(s) and certification for your site.
GFSI was launched by the Consumer Goods Forum in 2000. This organization is driven by over 400 retailer and manufacturers across the world. Through a collaborative effort, GFSI has launched a set of requirements based on input from the world’s leading food experts to compile the best food safety practices and applications throughout the food industry. O GFSI BENCHMARKING Food Safety Programs are benchmarked against the set of requirements compiled by GFSI. These requirements are the framework for the SQF Food Safety Codes.
Food Safety Programs are benchmarked against the set of requirements compiled by GFSI. These requirements are the framework for the SQF Food Safety Codes.
1. SQF Fundamentals, Basic SQF Fundamentals, Basic is an entry-level Code for small or developing food and pet food manufacturers. The goal of the Fundamentals, Basic Code is to guide sites in building their food safety programs. This Code is not GFSI benchmarked.
There are two SQF Fundamentals, Basic Codes based on industry areas:
2. SQF Fundamentals, Intermediate
SQF Fundamentals, Intermediate is the next step for small or developing food and pet food manufacturers who have a Food Safety Plan in place, but are seeking to further enhance their program. This program is HACCP-based, following CODEX, but is not GFSI benchmarked.
There are two SQF Fundamentals, Intermediate Codes based on industry areas:
3. SQF Food Safety Codes
These HACCP-based Codes cover industry categories of primary production, manufacturing, storage and distribution, retail, and food packaging. These Codes are GFSI-benchmarked and provide a framework, resources, and guidance for building a robust food safety system.
There are five SQF Food Safety Codes:
a. Primary Production
c. Storage and Distribution
d. Manufacture of Food Packaging
4. SQF Quality Code
This Code is applicable to all SQF food sector categories (FSCs). A site must first be certified to one of the SQF Food Safety Codes before attempting certification to the Quality Code. This Code is not GFSI benchmarked.