Coordinated by The Food Business Forum, this is a global food network made up of approximately 400 retailers and manufacturers worldwide. GFSI does not certify organizations but has determined which food safety certifications it accepts or recognizes based upon its rigorous standards. These are called GFSI Benchmarked Standards.
GFSI benchmarks or recognizes food safety standards by evaluating them against a set of criteria to ensure the core of the standards are equivalent and certification will be acceptable. Today, more and more foodservice distributors have requested that their suppliers become certified to a GFSI-recognized standard. These include SQF, BRC and FSSC 22000 audit schemes.
The time required for each of these schemes is similar but is determined by the type of facility as to which audit is appropriate. Any of these three audits are recognized as a GFSI-certified audit scheme and benchmarked against the same criteria.
Key Management Certifications Include:
- SQF Certified Practitioner
- NRFSP Certified Food Safety Manager
- HACCP Food Safety Prerequisite Programs
- OSHA Trained and Certified
- OU Kosher Certified
Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF) Certified Level 2 Certification #639532
Safe Quality Food (SQF) is a food safety certification recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). SQF provides manufacturers with the highest standard system to manage food safety risks. It also ensures a safe product and gives customers a recognized food safety certification. This certification supersedes the standards of any independent third-party audit.
What is included in a SQF inspection?
The following are reviewed and certified to meet GFSI standards during the inspection/audit process:
- Plant Conditions
- Safety Procedures
- Quality Control Processes and Documentation
- Documented Operational Processes