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

SQF Edition 9 Public Comment Period: Open thru July 31

July 1, 2020

The public comment period for the SQF Codes Edition 9 has begun. Your feedback is important to us and to the continuous improvement of the SQF Program. We have been updating…

FMI Announces SQFI Leadership Transitions

June 29, 2020

Leslie Sarasin President and CEO FMI When I assumed the leadership of FMI more than a decade ago, there were several key positions and staff vacancies I needed to fill.…

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 Inspection Service Report: USDA won’t require meat and poultry testing for COVID-19

July 10, 2020

Originally published by Food Safety News, available online here. By Dan Flynn  Plant-based diet advocates known as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine failed to persuade USDA’s Food Safety and…

Steps to Keep Your Site Compliant During COVID-19

July 3, 2020

By Kathy Chiao, Marketing Specialist Through 2020 Q1 and Q2, we have experienced the challenges brought on the COVID-19 pandemic. Our industry adapted to continue to uphold our food safety…

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.