The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is an organization whose purpose is to enforce food safety through internationally-recognized bench-marked standards. Becoming GFSI certified helps food manufacturers and processors stay competitive, produce safer products, and improve performance in a number of key areas. If your company is considering certification in one of the GFSI schemes, the guide below may help you determine which option is best for your needs.
SQF (Safe Quality Food) is the most popular GFSI scheme in North America. Unlike other GFSI schemes, SQFI is the only certifying body which has an optional quality code. Here, we take a look at some SQF quality basics to help you determine whether becoming certified in this code is right for your organization.
SQF (Safe Quality Food) Institute is the most sought-after Global Food Safety Institute (GFSI) scheme in the U.S. Many food and beverage companies pursue GFSI certification to enhance their competitiveness, secure stronger customer relationships, and promote improved safety outcomes within their facilities. Some companies, however, specifically choose to become SQF certified because unlike other GFSI schemes, it is the only certifying body with a voluntary quality code. Below, we discuss some key considerations to help you decide whether SQF quality certification is a good fit for your company.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a GFSI-benchmarked scheme popular throughout Europe, with some U.S.-based food and beverage companies holding certificates. While 65% of registered sites are located in Europe, 11% are located in the U.S., making it a fairly common food safety scheme for North American processors and manufacturers. If your company is preparing for a BRC audit and is wondering what to expect, this brief guide may serve as a helpful resource.
Safe Quality Food (SQF) programs are GFSI-recognized schemes designed to help companies promote food safety. As the most common GFSI scheme in North America, SQF also features an optional quality element. While managing the robust requirements of SQF presents challenges for food and beverage companies, technology can be leveraged to make compliance simpler and faster in the following ways.
Becoming certified in a GFSI benchmarked scheme has a number of advantages for food and beverage companies, but it comes with a cost. Achieving certification and maintaining GFSI compliance requires facilities to manage robust program requirements and stay audit-ready on demand. Thus, companies begin to wonder: do the advantages of certification outweigh the challenges of ongoing compliance?
Safe Quality Food (SQF) is the most popular Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme in the U.S. Like other GFSI schemes, its overarching objective is to promote food safety, but beyond that, it can also help food and beverage companies stay competitive. Many purchasing companies seek GFSI certification as a means of demonstrating commitment to best practices in food safety. While certification has many advantages, it also poses some challenges. By implementing software, companies can alleviate the paper-intensive processes traditionally associated with SQF compliance.
For our March 2018 session, Cameron Prince, Senior Food Safety Director with The Acheson Group and Brian Sharp, VP Marketing at SafetyChain discussed how GFSI schemes, IFS, BRC, SQF and FSSC measure up against FSMA Human Food Rule.