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

SQFI Key Principles on COVID-19 Response

June 8, 2020

By GiGi Vita, Vice President of Sales & Marketing From the onset, we have been deeply concerned by the impact of COVID-19 and its potential effect on the SQF community. We understand that companies face extraordinary…

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,…

Food Safety Audits During COVID19: Tips to Minimize Exposure During an SQF Audit Pt. 2

September 21, 2020

By Tammie Van Buren, SQFI Compliance Manager Allowing visitors in 2020 has extra heightened concerns, but it is very possible. Whether or not your site will have 10, 25, or…

Food Safety Audits During COVID19: Mitigating Exposure During an SQF Audit Pt. 1

September 14, 2020

An extraordinary event known as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many sites to adapt operations. Sites are thinking outside the box and taking different approaches to protect both their staff…

FMI Launches SQF Global: Uniting the Worldwide Food Safety Community

August 12, 2020

ARLINGTON, VA – The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of FMI – The Food Industry Association, today announces a new event, SQF Global, which aims to unite the worldwide…

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.