SQF

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.

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HACCP Training

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.

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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.

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Testimonials

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Dinesh Chinnaswamy

Director, Quality Assurance and Food Safety, Sofina Foods Inc., Markham, ON

"We have hired Renzo Gomez from Quantum Food Solutions as an independent third party to evaluate our cooking and cooling processes (smokehouses, spiral oven, chillers) in some of our plants. This work has enabled us to demonstrate product safety to our clients and CFIA. We were also able to improve product quality while gaining process efficiencies. We highly recommend their services, and we look forward to working with them again."

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Margaret P. Morris

President, Glengarry Cheesemaking Inc., Glengarry Fine Cheese, Lancaster, On

"We have since a few months received our federal (CFIA) dairy processing permit. This would not have happened without your guiding hand. You brought us through the process very readily and logically and now we continue to follow the programs and feel very confident with the HACCP program that was designed for our plant. We would highly recommend your services to other artisan cheese making plants, as it gives a lot more scope for marketing which is so important for any food processor."

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Daniel Dorigiola

Co-Owner / QA Manager, Venetian Meat and Salami Co. Ltd., Hamilton, Ontario

“We have used the services from Quantum Food Solutions for a number of years to help us manage our written food safety program and validate our food safety controls (e.g., cooking, cooling, fermented/dry-cured products). We are very pleased with their practical approach to resolving issues and finding opportunities for process improvement. We certainly appreciate the high level of service they continue to provide our company and highly recommend their services”.

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Pawel Zwerello

General Manager, Sikorski Sausages, London, Ontario

“Renzo is very knowledgeable in Food Sciences, and we hired him as a process authority to help us approve a custom process, which received ‘no objection’ from CFIA. Renzo works in an efficient, professional and timely manner. We look forward to working with Renzo in the future, and have no reservations on recommending him to others looking to improve their processes and take their Food Safety to the next level. Thanks Quantum!”

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Marius Kamerbeek

Plant Manager, Erie Meats, Listowel, Ontario

“We manufacture cooked meat and poultry products at our federal facility. We hired Quantum to evaluate our cooking processes including our smokehouses and spiral oven. We appreciate their high quality of service that has enabled us to comply with CFIA and FSIS requirements. We certainly recommend their services.”

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Pete Holowachuk

Quality Manager, Winkler Meats Ltd., Winkler, Manitoba.

“We are a CFIA inspected plant certificated to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. Renzo came to us highly recommended and we have contracted him on multiple occasions to validate our cooking and chilling processes. He uses a practical approach and specialized tools that allow him to provide a fairly comprehensive service. We look forward to working with him again and definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a robust, yet affordable food safety service.”

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Stefan Cartmale

General Manager, Bright Cheese Ltd., Bright, Ontario.

“Thank you Quantum for all of the work to help us attain BRC certification. It has been one of the most rewarding achievements of my lifetime and I am so proud that we were able to achieve the BRC AA rating! By doing so, it has opened many new doors for us and also enable us to expand and continue to grow our business. We definitely recommend Quantum’s food safety services."

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Ramon Eberle

Plant Manager, Stonetown Artisan Cheese Ltd., St. Marys, Ontario.

"This is to acknowledge that Renzo Gomez from Quantum Food Solutions facilitated the
installation of a solid HACCP plan, which allowed us to reach our goal of becoming federally licensed with CFIA. Thanks to our upgraded food safety standards, we were able to get in to business with Farm Boy and sell our product in new markets outside of Ontario. His service is affordably priced, very streamlined and his communication is honest and straight forward. It was a pleasure to work with Renzo Gomez and we are looking forward to work with him again in the future”

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Julia Banton

Vice President of Operations, Kitchen Partners Limited, Edmonton, Alberta.

“Renzo has a wealth of knowledge, whilst maintaining a logical and common sense outlook to the tasks ahead. His approach is unique to that of other consultants I have worked with, in that he is pragmatic and makes light work of global codes/standards. We definitely look forward to continuing to work together and highly recommend Quantum to anyone looking to upgrade their food safety and quality systems.”

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