About 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.

This rigorous farm-to-fork food safety and quality certification helps food producers assure their buyers that their food products have been grown, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible global food safety standards.

The SQF Program will guide you through the process of setting up a comprehensive food safety program on your farm, in your warehouse or facility – and then check your work by testing your processes with an annual audit. Passing this audit results in a certificate and earns a facility the right to proudly call themselves an “SQF-Certified Site”.

Achieving this certification is not only a testament to your hard work, it is also a credible demonstration of your commitment to food safety – something that will help your team and your customers sleep better at night.

The SQF Program is not about obtaining a certificate or a gold star– it is about establishing a sound food safety program in your facility to protect your brand, your buyer, and your bottom line.

The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), is the organization that is responsible for writing and maintaining the SQF Program as well as a variety of other supporting resources and industry programs. While we are most famously known for our globally benchmarked food safety and quality program, we do so much more writing and maintaining this standard.

Our Mission

Our mission is to deliver consistent, globally-recognized food safety and quality certification programs that are based on sound scientific principles, applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders. At SQFI, we incorporate retailer and stakeholder feedback to address the many global food safety and quality issues that society faces every day.

We recognize that pursuing a certification program for your business is a big commitment – regardless of your food safety and quality experience levels. At SQFI, our goal is always food safety – and we are dedicated to not only writing a rigorous standard, but also developing comprehensive training, cohesive guidance materials, and free educational resources to help you along the way.

Success does not happen in a vacuum, and neither does food safety. Together, we can help to build a safer supply chain, one food producer at a time.