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SQF Code

Food Safety and Quality Management System


SQF Certification

A widely recognized system by the GFSI for the management of food quality and safety.

SQF is a certification standard for processes and products, which consists in an integrated food quality and safety system, designed for organizations to demonstrate their compliance of food-safety requirements. The program is applicable to different sectors of the supply chain like: Primary production, manufacturing, processing, food packaging, transport, storage, distribution, marketing and food service.

The main characteristic of SQF is its focus on the systematic application of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points,) for the control of food quality and safety hazards.


The different SQF codes for food quality and safety reach different aspect of the supply chain and are divide as shown:

  • Fundamentals of food safety
  • Primary production
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Food Packaging
  • Storage and Distribution
  • Marketing (retailer)
  • Food service
  • Quality

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To obtain the SQF Certification, the organism must document and implement the elements of the system and modules of the corresponding SQF Code, in two stages:

  1. Document its SQF System:
    Prepare policies, procedures, work instructions and specifications that accomplish with every element of the system and the corresponding modules of SQF Code about food safety. In other words, “Say what it does”.

  2. Implement its SQF System:
    Once it is satisfied with the policies, procedures, work instructions and specifications are ready to accomplish with the requirements of SQF, must secure that all the documents are follow up and maintain records que approve the compliance of the corresponding modules od the SQF Code. In other words, “Do what is says”


Food Safety Fundamentals
SQF Fundamentals for primary production: Basic All primary food sector Categories (FSCs)
SQF Fundamentals for primary production: Intermediate All primary food sector Categories (FSCs)
SQF Fundamentals for Manufacturing: Basic All Manufacturing and Storage and Distribution food sector categories (FSCs)
SQF Fundamentals for Manufacturing: Intermediate All Manufacturing and Storage and Distribution food sector categories (FSCs)

HACCP- Based Food Safety Codes (Hazard analysis & Critical Control Points)

*Denotes SQF Food Safety Codes that are GFSI benchmarked

Primary producction
The SQF Food Safety Code: Primary Animal Production* FSC 1: Production, Capture, and Harvesting of Livestock and Game Animals, and Apiculture
The SQF Food Safety Code: Primary Plant Production* FSC 2: Indoor Growing and Harvesting of Fresh Produce and Sprouted Seed Crops (NEW!)
FSC 3: Growing and Production of Fresh Produce and Nuts
FSC 4: Fresh Produce, Grain, and Nut Packhouse Operations
FSC 5: Extensive Broad Acre Agricultural operations
The SQF Food Safety Code: Aquaculture FSC 6: Intensive Farming of Seafood
EThe SQF Food Safety Code: Food Manufacturing* FSC 10: Dairy Food Processing
FSC 11: Honey Processing
Este código cubre los requisitos de inocuidad de alimentos para las CSA a la derecha. FSC 12: Egg Processing
FSC 13: Bakery and Snack
FSC 14: Fruit, Vegetable, and Nut Processing, and Fruit Juices
FSC 15: Canning, UHT, and Aseptic Operations FSC 16: Ice, Drink, and Beverage Processing
FSC 17: Confectionery Manufacturing
FSC 18: Preserved Foods Manufacturing
FSC 19: Food Ingredient Manufacturing
FSC 20: Recipe Meals Manufacturing
FSC 21: Oils, Fats, and Manufacturing of Oil or Fat-based Spreads
FSC 22: Processing of Cereal Grains
FSC 25: Repackaging of Product Not Manufactured On-site
FSC 33: Food Processing Aides Manufacturing
The SQF Food Safety Code: Animal Product Manufacturing* FSC 7: Slaughtering, Boning, and Butchery
FSC 8: Manufacture Meats and Poultry
FSC 9: Seafood Procesing
The SQF Food Safety Code: Dietary Supplements Manufacturing* FSC 31: Dietary Supplements Manufacturing
The SQF Food Safety Code: Pet Food Manufacturing* FSC 32: Pet Food Manufacturing
The SQF Food Safety Code: Animal Feed Manufacturing* FSC 34: Animal Feed Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
The SQF Food Safety Code: Manufacture of Food Packaging* FSC 27: Manufacture of Food Packaging
Storage and Distribution
The SQF Food Safety Code: Storage and Distribution* FSC 26: Storage and Distribution
The SQF Food Safety Code: Food Retail FSC 24: Food Retailing
The SQF Food Safety Code: Foodservice FSC 23: Food Catering and Foodservice

HACCP-based Food Quality

The SQF Quality Code Applies to all GFSI-recognized and equivalent standards and other Food Safety Management Standards Including HACCP certification and ISO 22000


Our certificates are accepted everywhere in the world.

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Due to a quality and inequity approach, implementing a complete system as SQF will positively impact your organization, through the following benefits:

A unique certification scheme which officially includes food quality and safety through the established requirements in your sections.

The consumer’s trust and loyalty, having the certainty to obtain food which complies with worldwide requirements of food quality and harmless.

Finished products according to the SQF code certification keep a high level of world market acceptance.

By helping to identify and manage risks and avoid the recall of products.


Process to obtain an international certificate with GlobalSTD

The certification process pays attention to every detail to make sure that the company duly complies with all of the standard’s requirements.

Quote and signing of the contract

GlobalSTD will send you a quote that includes the cost of the certification process, considering the number of employees that are part of the system, the applicable standard, and the scope of the audited processes.

Planning and Development of Audit

GlobalSTD will plan the audit and assign auditors with demonstrated competencies to audit the industry sector that corresponds to your organization.

Closing of Non-Conformities

After the audit has ended and only when it applies, the organization will send evidence that corresponds to the closing of the detected non-conformities, which will be reviewed and approved by the auditor.

Certification Committee and Issuance of the Certificate

The Certification Committee will confer to review and approve the issuance of the certificate. Once it has been authorized, the certificate is issued and the its delivery is planned.
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