What is the SQF Program?


The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a rigorous and credible food safety and quality program that is recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers world-wide. Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF family of food safety and quality codes are designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain – from the farm all the way to the retail stores.

Latest News & Blogs

Introducing the NEW SQF Edition 9 Guidance Documents

April 19, 2021

By LeAnn Chuboff, VP of Technical Affairs The complimentary Edition 9 Guidance Documents are now available for download. We structured the Edition 9 Guidance Documents so you and your team…

Maintaining Your SQF Registration During COVID-19

April 17, 2020

Dear SQF Stakeholder, During these extraordinary times, SQFI has strived to meet the needs of our clients granting over 600 certificate extensions to date. I’d like to reiterate that those…

SQFI Extends Certification Due to Coronavirus

March 23, 2020

We understand that with COVID-19 impacting many business operations, the ability to conduct audits has been heavily influenced by the need to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus. Therefore,…

Conformance, Consistency and Cost:
The 3 C’s of SQF Quality

June 21, 2021

By LeAnn Chuboff, SQFI VP of Technical Affairs Food safety is straightforward and easy to implement in comparison to food quality. What constitutes as “safe” food can be outlined objectively…

SQF Excellence Awards: Coming Together to Recognize Food Safety Leaders

June 1, 2021

By Adam Friedlander, MS, CFS, Manager, Food Safety and Technical Services, FMI & Kathy Chiao, Marketing Specialist, SQFI Food safety auditors and practitioners are essential to the global food industry,…

Let’s Celebrate Together – World Food Safety Day Monday, June 7, 2021

May 14, 2021

The food we eat is kept safe through the dedicated efforts of everyone who grows, processes, transports, stores, sells, prepares, and serves it. FMI and SQFI are jointly celebrating by…

SQF Code

The SQF Code meets the needs of all suppliers in the food industry through an internationally recognized certification system with an emphasis on the systematic application of HACCP for control of food-quality hazards and food safety.


SQF Compliance and Integrity Program

The Safe Quality Foundation’s Compliance and Integrity Program (CIP) measures the quality and integrity of SQF certificates, audits, SQF professionals, and licensed certification bodies to ensure the consistent execution of the SQF Program.


Ethical Sourcing

Conscientious consumers want food that is safe and that has been grown and processed in a manner that meets their high standards of social and environmental responsibility. To obtain official Ethical Sourcing Registration documentation, food suppliers must comply with certain social and environmental requirements in the food industry.