Yesterday I was reading a local newspaper and there were two articles of interest. The first was regarding BPA being made illegal in another country and the second was about our congress moving forward with the S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
With all of this ongoing activity, why don’t we hear more about the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and Safe Quality Food (SQF) and other already defined initiatives?
The SQF program is owned and administered by FMI the Food Marketing Institute www.fmi.org at the request of its retail members. An FMI Advisory Board provides overall policy advice, guidance and direction to the SQF Institute
SQF simply put means Safe Quality Food and is an initiative that has been under development for over ten years. This certificate program is a fully integrated food safety and quality management protocol designed specifically for the food industry. By achieving SQF certification, suppliers provide an external verification of their commitment to producing safe, quality food.
There are two certifications available from the SQF Institute. The first is the SQF 1000 Code which is designed specifically for primary producers. The second the SQF 2000 Code is more focused on the food manufacturing and distribution segments of the industry.
The intention of SQF is to utilize one industry program that meets the requirements and at the same time provides efficiencies for suppliers. SQF and the SQF 1000 and 2000 codes are recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative GFSI as conforming to the highest of international standards.
SQF has been implemented by over 5000 companies operating around the world including Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, United States, Europe and South America.
To learn more about this important initiative, please visit www.sqfi.com.
We look forward to your comments and questions.