Safe Quality Food
1 out of every 4 certified companies is asking their suppliers to achieve SQF certification. Have you been asked yet? There's a good chance your processing facilities will have to add this scheme to expand your reach to larger retailers.
The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a standard that Canadian food processors use to take their facilities to the next level. It's about establishing a sound food safety program in your facility to protect your brand, your buyer, and your bottom line.
SQF is a rigorous food safety and quality program that is recognized by retailers, brands, and foodservice providers around the world. It requires that a HACCP program is used as part of the food safety management program. SQF also requires food safety management systems that can manage all aspects of food safety at every stage of the business.
What Is SQF?
First developed in Australia in 1994, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has owned and managed the SQF system since 2003. It was first recognized in 2004 by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as a standard that meets its benchmark requirements.
According to GFSI:
“Certification of a site’s SQF System by a Safe Quality Food Institute licensed certification body is not a statement of guarantee of the safety of the site’s product, or that it meets all food safety regulations at all times.”
SQF certification assures your clients that your company has food safety plans that follow the CODEX HACCP method and other applicable regulatory requirements. When Quantum Food Solutions consultants verify the effective management of SQF standards in your facilities, you'll feel confident knowing you're up to the highest standards possible.
As mentioned below, SQF is dependent on the correct HACCP program. If you need a HACCP system in place before starting your SQF certification, Quantum Food Solutions can train your team on-site with a customized, scientifically-based program that uses your facilities.
Quantum Food Solutions And SQF
Quantum Food Solution's expertise is in food safety and quality management programs like SQF. Working with our food consultant to build an effective food safety management system will prepare your business to manage any potential hazards to food safety. This management system will allow your team to continually manage, monitor, validate and improve the system as your business adds more clients and grows.
Our standards include food categories like:
- Raw prepared products (meat and vegetarian)
- Raw fish products
- Fruit, vegetables and nuts
- Prepared fruit, vegetables and nuts
- Dairy, liquid egg
- Cooked meat, poultry, fish products
- Cured and fermented meat and fish
- Ready-to-eat meals, sandwiches, and desserts
- Low or high acid products (e.g. sauces, marinades, preserves, etc.) in cans, glass, or plastic containers
- Beverages (e.g. juices, carbonated, etc.)
- Bakery dried foods and ingredients
- Dried foods and ingredients
- Oils and fats (e.g. margarine, salad dressings)
Quantum's effective food quality consultant services include the development, implementation and validation (i.e., critical control points, pre-requisites programs) of food safety systems.