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As a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognized scheme, Safe Quality Food (SQF) incorporates both international and domestic regulations into its food safety certification program. Eurofins is an industry leader within the SQF community, actively serving on the Certification Body Committee, the Training Center Committee, and served on the TAC (Technical Advisory Committee). Our SQF experts are readily at hand to answer any questions. 

By achieving SQF Certification, your company will benefit from the following:

  • Satisfy the HACCP requirement of your retailer and foodservice customers
  • Enhanced food safety and management systems
  • Increased consumers’ confidence in your products
  • Boosts your brand and corporate image
  • Expanded presence in the market to new and perspective clients

SQF Levels and Modules

This program, uniquely, integrates quality assessment with food safety protocol based on levels and specific categories. By segregating the different products and industries into categories, SQF is able to specialized in each division and provide tailored audits for each market.

The SQF program is adaptable to your facilities readiness as such it offers three levels of certification with each level increasing in robustness.

  • Level 1 – Food Safety Fundamentals
  • Level 2 – Food Safety Fundamentals and HACCP (GFSI Recognized)
  • Level 3 – Integrated Food Safety and Quality (GFSI Recognized)

For GFSI recognition, level 2 or 3 must be achieved. Level 2 focuses on food safety elements but does not include quality requirements. Level 3 address both food safety and quality requirements.

The SQF code breaks down the requirements based on product and industry into 35 Food Sector Categories (FSC). Depending on the FSC, different modules will apply. All FSC include module 2 that has the three different level requirements. Modules 3-16 will apply based on the different FSC and industry segment and will define specific Food Safety Fundamentals.  

Where can the requirements be found?

All SQF documentation is available free of charge on the SQF website. There you will find the code, and additional useful material such as the Guidance Document and Rules.