Afia Foods is proud to announce it has now a full time SQF practitioner on site.
We understand the importance of food safety and are working towards becoming SQF certified.
What is SQF ?SQF stands for Safe Quality Food it is the only program, recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) that is headquartered outside of Europe. The SQF Code meets the needs of all suppliers in the food industry through an internationally recognized certification system, featuring an emphasis on the systematic application of HACCP for control of food quality hazards as well as food safety.
What are the Benefits of SQF?
First and foremost, building an SQF System will provide your company with effective management of food safety hazards by creating an environment capable of producing safe product and a management system to continually manage, monitor, validate and improve the system.
Maintain Current Customers
Statistics show that approximately 1 out of 4 certified companies are asking their suppliers to achieve certification. Chances are that if you have not been asked yet, you will be asked in the near future. Starting on your certification can help you stay competitive and qualified to work with your current customers.
Increase Your Market Reach
Large retailers and multinational manufacturers or processors are also demanding certification of their suppliers. Having SQF Certification means you are qualified to supply these organizations or their suppliers, opening up a large market for your products.
Prepare for New Regulations
Countries across the globe are making changes to food safety regulations, including the United States and its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). SQF prepares your organization to meet many or most of the FSMA requirements.
How does SQF differ from other food safety certification programs?
The SQF Program offers many unique features that ensure trust and consistency in the auditing process and greater oversight of auditing activities conducted by companies and individuals operating on behalf of the SQF Institute.SQF is the only program, recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) that is headquartered outside of Europe.SQFI provides complimentary copies of the SQF codes and free, comprehensive practical guidance to assist in the implementation of SQF systems.SQF is the only GFSI recognized standard that provides a separate, unique approach to incorporating a Quality certification component.Improves process management by helping to proactively identify and manage risk so as to avoid stock recoveries, market withdrawals and rework.SQF offers comprehensive and consistent training that upholds the integrity of the Program.
What is a SQF Practitioner?
The SQF Practitioner is an individual, designated by a Supplier to develop, validate, verify, implement and maintain that Suppliers own SQF System.