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What are the Benefits of SQF Certification?

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SQF is a Food Safety Management Certification Scheme, created and managed by Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), used to control food safety risks. The SQF standard provides certification for all sectors of the food industry, from primary production and manufacturing, to distribution, packaging and wholesale. Farming operations, food and packaging manufacturers, storage and distribution operations, and retailers are eligible for certification.


One study of 406 food facilities, conducted by the University of Arkansas and published in the Journal of Food Protection, showed that over a 4-year period sites implementing GFSI saw a 34% reduction in recalls.


  1. Reduce risk to your company, and to your buyers, through robust food safety programs.

  2. Reduce “audit exhaustion”. Certification typically reduces the number of on-site customer audits, as buyers often rely on the GFSI audit results as part of their supplier management programs rather than personally auditing the site.

  3. New Business Opportunities. Many customers, such as major grocery chains and international customers, will not purchase from a company unless they have GFSI certification.

  4. Improve competitiveness. Having a GFSI certification gives your company a competitive advantage against companies which are not certified.

  5. Prepare for New Regulations. It also prepares your organization to meet many or most of the FSMA requirements.

  6. Maintain Current Customers. Many certified companies are asking their suppliers to achieve certification. Getting certified can help you stay competitive and qualified to work with your current customers.

Additionally, certification can help you demonstrate a commitment to quality processes and continual improvement, strengthen your brand, minimize risk and protect your reputation, which all lead to increased profits.


To know more and get information on what's the best way to get certified or upgrade to Edition 9 of the SQF Code schedule a free 30-minute consultation with an IBEC expert.


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