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Introduction to SQF Certification(Use Notes
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SQF Certification Scheme
  • Safe Quality Food, SQF
  • The SQF System is a Food Safety Management System
    (FSMS)
  • It is a set of requirements for integrated
    processes that work together to control and
    minimize food safety hazards
  • You must implement processes such as - Management
    Commitment, Document Control and Records, Food
    Safety Fundamentals, Food Safety Plans,
    Verification and Validation, Product
    Identification and Traceability, Site Security,
    Allergen Management and Training

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SQF Certification Scheme
  • Safe Quality Food, SQF
  • The certification program is managed by the Safe
    Quality Food Institute (SQFI)
  • www.sqfi.com

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SQF Certification Scheme
  • Safe Quality Food, SQF
  • The SQF System was designed to provide suppliers
    with a recognized certification 
  • To be able to provide proof of a rigorous food
    safety management system 

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SQF Certification Scheme
  • Safe Quality Food, SQF 
  • The SQF is recognized by the Global Food Safety
    Initiative, GFSI 
  • Providing worldwide recognition and acceptance by
    food manufacturers and retailers
  •  More detail on GFSI www.mygfsi.com

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SQF Certification Scheme
  • Safe Quality Food, SQF
  • A supplier can choose from 3 Levels of
    certification
  • Level 1- Food Safety Fundamentals
  • Level 2-HACCP (GFSI Recognition)  
  • Level 3-Integrated Food Safety and Quality

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SQF Certification Scheme
  • SQF Documents
  • SQF  Documents can be downloaded at the SQFI
    Website and include 
  • The SQF  Code
  • Guidance for Developing, Documenting and
    Implementing SQF
  • Additional guidance documents

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SQF Certification Scheme
  • Initial Certification to SQF
  • Choose an accredited certification body. They
    will conduct
  • Document Review
  • On-site Audit
  • Surveillance Audits

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SQF Certification Scheme
  • The SQF Certification Audit
  • An SQF Auditor will examine your SQF System to
    determine
  • If the system has been implemented effectively
  • If there is evidence of Management Commitment to
    the maintenance and improvement of the system
  • If activities comply with regulatory, customer
    and SQF requirements

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SQF Certification Scheme
  • The SQF Certification Audit
  • A Minor Nonconformity
  • Is a nonconformance to the documented system or
    to the SQF Code that does not cause an immediate
    food safety risk or indicate ineffective
    implementation of a system element.
  • Must be corrected within 30 days of the finding
    and will be verified at the next audit.

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SQF Certification Scheme
  • The SQF Certification Audit
  • A Major Nonconformity
  • Is a nonconformance to the documented system or
    to the SQF Code that could cause an immediate
    food safety risk or indicate ineffective
    implementation of a system element.
  • Must be corrected and verified within 14 days of
    the finding

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SQF Certification Scheme
  • The SQF  Certification Audit
  • A Critical Nonconformity
  • Is a loss of control at a critical control point,
    prerequisite program or other process step that
    could cause a significant risk and product safety
    is compromised, or
  • Falsification of records
  • It will result in suspension of Certificate

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SQF Certification Scheme
  • The SQF  Surveillance Audit
  • Once certified, your certification body will
    audit to ensure that your organization continues
    to comply with requirements
  • Frequency will be determined by your
    certification body and based on performance and
    SQF System rating at the certification audit

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CertificationCosts and Benefits
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Benefits of Certification
  • Greater opportunities and market access
  • Reduces audit burdens from buyer audits
  • Improves processes and efficiencies
  • Savings from reduced recalls
  • Recognized worldwide
  • Promotes confidence
  • Enhances image
  • Manages risk
  • Proof of due diligence

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Certification Trends
  • Global food trade is expanding and driving demand
    for third party certification
  • With diverse food safety regulations worldwide,
    certification provides common ground for food
    safety regulations
  • SQF has thousands of registered companies
    worldwide
  • ISO 22000 had 34 growth in 2010
  • FSSC 22000 new in 2010 has over 900 certificates
    issued

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Benefits of GFSI
  • SQF is GFSI Benchmarked (recognized by GFSI)
  • GFSI is the result of collaboration between some
    of the worlds leading food safety experts from
    retailers, manufacturers and food service
    companies.
  • GFSI benchmarked certifications are recognized
    worldwide

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Costs to Consider
  • Costs
  • Internal
  • Consultant/Tools
  • Certification Audits and accreditations

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Ongoing costs to consider
  • Ongoing employee time for
  • Internal Audits
  • Training
  • Verification activities
  • Food safety team meetings
  • Change control
  • Management review
  • Document control
  • Corrective Actions
  • Supplier evaluations and corrections

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SQF Practitioner
  • Responsibilities and Qualifications

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SQF Practitioner
  • Required Qualifications 
  • The practitioner must be a company employee
  • Have demonstrated knowledge and experience
  • Understand the requirements of the SQF  code
  • Must complete HACCP Training

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SQF Practitioner
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Lead the development and implementation of
  • Food Safety Fundamentals - GMPs or Prerequisite
    Programs
  • Food Safety Plans - HACCP Plans

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SQF Practitioner
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Lead the SQF System implementation
  • Ensure the maintenance and integrity of the SQF
    System 
  • Communicate essential information to personnel

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SQF Practitioner
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • The SQF Practitioner is responsible for
    Validation and Verification activities
  • Validate and verify Food Safety Fundamentals
  • Validate and verify Food Safety Plans (HACCP
    Plans)

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SQF Implementation Steps
  • Steps and Techniques

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SQF Implementation Steps
  • Step 1 - Learn 
  • Learn about SQF.  Complete the training
    modules 
  • Introduction to SQF System Elements
  • Food Safety Fundamentals GMPs for Food
    Processors
  • http//www.22000-tools.com/sqf-online-training.htm
    l

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SQF Implementation Steps
  • Step 2 - Plan 
  • Plan your project.
  • Tool Complete the tutorial and exercise modules
  • Creating your Project Plan
  • Conducting your Gap Analysis
  • Available in our SQF All-in-One Packages.
  • http//www.22000-tools.com/sqf-all-in-one.html

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SQF Implementation Steps
  • Step 3 - Document your processes
  • Tool Complete the tutorial and exercise
    modules
  • Documenting SQF Procedures
  • Developing and implementing programs Food Safety
    Fundamentals (Pre-requisite Programs)
  • Creating a Food Safety Manual
  • Available in our SQF All-in-One Packages

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SQF Implementation Steps
  • Step 4 - Train your Employees
  • Food Safety Fundamentals
  • PRPs they are responsible for
  • General Requirements of SQF
  • Tool Assign Online Training Sessions to your
    employees included in our SQF Premium All-in-One
    Packages

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SQF Implementation Steps
  • Step 5 - Train your Internal Auditors
  • Tool Assign Online Internal Auditor Training
    Sessions to your employees included in our SQF
    All-in-One Packages

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SQF Implementation Steps
  • Step 6 - Schedule your Registration Audit

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SQF Implementation Steps
  • Step 7 - Celebrate
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