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

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,…

Substitute SQF Practitioners: An Integral Piece of Your Food Safety Team

January 12, 2021

By: LeAnn Chuboff, VP of Technical Affairs For the first time ever, the SQF Code mandates all sites need a substitute or backup SQF practitioner. While many SQF sites have…

2020: Focused on Keeping the Global Food Supply Safe

December 29, 2020

No arguments that 2020 challenged our industry to respond and adapt. From COVID-19 to remote activities, and everywhere in between, we showed great perseverance in upholding our mission to keep the global food supply chain safe. Your SQF team is appreciative…

Demystifying the Food Safety Certification Process

December 5, 2020

Both retailers and customer shoppers have more options than ever when it comes to where they purchase their food, whether it’s to distribute or to consume. As globalization continues to revolutionize…

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.