What is GFSI?
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was created in 2000 to find collaborative benchmarked solutions to reduce food safety risks, audit duplication and costs while building trust throughout the supply chain. GFSI’s vision is to provide “safe food for consumers, everywhere”.
What is a “GFSI Certification”?
The term “GFSI Certification” is used in reference to a certification to a GFSI-recognized certification program. GFSI is not a Certification Program in itself, neither does it carry out any accreditation or certification activities.
Currently, ASI Food Safety offers the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification Program to help your company meet the growing demand for “GFSI Compliance”
What are the Benefits of a “GFSI Certification”?
Although there are many benefits, ASI Food Safety has highlighted the following for any company that chooses to become “GFSI Certified”.
- Safer global supply chain
- Gain better access to market
- Reduction of audits
- Decrease product recalls and foodborne diseases
- Improve consumer confidence and public health
Companies have various reasons for becoming “GFSI certified”. Whatever the reasons, the benefits are many:
What is SQF?
The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a food safety and quality program that is recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers around the world. Recognized by GFSI the SQF food safety codes are designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain (Farm-to-Fork).
Steps to SQF Certification
Step 1: Download the applicable SQF Code
Step 2: Register your company in the SQF Assessment Database
Step 3: Designate an employee as the SQF Practitioner
Step 4: Choose your type of certification (Fundamentals, Food Safety Code, or Quality)
Step 5: Obtain a quote from your account manager
Step 6: Conduct a Pre-Assessment (Optional)
Step 7: Schedule your audit
Step 8: Issue of Certificate pending audit result and closeout of non-conformances
What Program is Right for Me?
SQF Fundamentals Program
SQFI has created a solution for small and medium sized food suppliers who don’t have a robust food safety management program in place or want to take their existing program to the next level. Built as a step-wise approach, The SQF Fundamentals Program is designed to help you integrate robust food safety standards into your existing practices, while creating a pathway to achieve globally accepted GFSI certification.
SQF Food Safety Program
The SQF Food Safety family of codes is a globally accepted, GFSI-benchmarked food safety standards. The SQF Food Safety Codes provides sites with a HACCP based approach to ensure that their products meet almost all regulations. Businesses looking to satisfy their retailers’ and buyers’ GFSI certification requirements should learn more about the SQF Food Safety Program.
SQF Quality Program
SQFI has created a Quality Program for those sites who desire to go above and beyond food safety. The Quality Program is designed to monitor and control food quality related threats. This program is most suited for sites who have already implemented a successful, robust SQF Food Safety Plan. Additionally, the SQF Quality Program can be implemented in tandem with the SQF Food Safety Program.
SQFI Select Site Program
A site may forgo the three-year certification cycle requirement and voluntarily elect to have annual unannounced re-certification audits. Sites with annual unannounced re-certification audits shall be recognized on the SQF certificate as an “SQFI select site.” In addition, SQFI Select Sites will be displayed on the SQFI Website.
ASI Food Safety has successfully certified the FIRST SQFI Select Site Colorado Mushroom Farm, LLC.
Our Commitment to Impartiality: ASI Food Safety, LLC is an accredited Certification Body licensed by ANSI to perform SQF Audits. ASI Food Safety, LLC is a separate legal entity from ASI Consulting, LLC with barriers in place to prevent any conflicts of interest.