SQF Code Edition 8.0

With the close of the period for public comment on the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Code’s Edition 8 draft documents, the industry can now look forward to its projected March 2017 publish date. The updated Edition 8 will include customized standards for principal industry groups throughout the supply chain, including Food Safety Fundamentals and a new
Retail/Wholesale Grocery Code, among others. Implementation is anticipated to be completed by October of 2017. Follow PJRFSI for future updates and more information!

Further information can be found at the SQFI website www.sqfi.com.

GFSI: Safe Food for Consumers Everywhere

GFSI LogoFood safety is more than an option – it’s a necessity. A recent increase in food safety incidents has shaken consumer confidence in the food supply chain, leading to a paradigm shift in the way food safety is managed in the food supply chain both nationally and globally. Consumer food safety education is at an all-time high, and their scrutiny of the food chain – and its management – has never been keener. How, then, to assure consumers that their food is safe and well-managed from farm to fork?

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is an industry-driven initiative providing leadership and guidance on food safety management systems necessary for safety along the supply chain. This is accomplished through collaboration between the world’s leading food safety experts from retail, manufacturing and food service companies, as well as international organizations, governments, academics, and service providers to the global food industry.

GFSI’s collaborative approach brings together international food safety experts from the entire supply chain at Technical Working Group and Stakeholder meetings, conferences and regional events. This shared knowledge and harmonized approach creates a vision of “safe food for consumers everywhere”.

In addition to bringing together some of the greatest minds in the field of food safety, GFSI also publishes documents to provide guidance on food safety requirements and management. Scientifically-based and aligned with the internationally-recognized CODEX food safety standards, these documents outline GFSI’s benchmarking process by creating equivalency between food safety management schemes. In the fall of 2016, GFSI will release a new edition of its landmark Guidance Document, which will be published under the new name “GFSI Benchmarking Requirements.”

Comparison between three different GFSI Packaging Standards (BRC, SQF & FSSC 22000)

SQF: One world. One standard.

SQFWith consumers becoming more educated about the foods they consume and provide for their families, being able to provide quality and safety assurance is more important than ever. These high expectations impact not only retailers, but suppliers and processors as well; consumers demand verifiable proof that effective food safety control systems are in place to protect them and their families. This is where the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program makes its mark.

Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), retailers, and food service providers worldwide, SQF certification helps reduce assessment inconsistencies and the costs associated with multiple assessment standards. SQF is known as a rigorous, credible food safety management system and benefits from continual feedback from retailers regarding consumer concerns. This information is passed on to SQF-certified suppliers, which allows them to keep a step ahead of competition.

SQF’s ultimate vision – “To be the single most trusted source for global food safety and quality certification” – is reflected in its unique feedback system as well as its exclusive integration of a quality component alongside food safety in its scheme.