Safe Quality Food (SQF) Systems
The SQF Program (Safe, Quality Food) is one of the world’s leading globally accepted food safety and quality management systems. SQF provides independent certification that a food safety and quality system complies with international and domestic food safety regulations. It also assures consistent quality and meeting buyer specifications. SQF certification is supported and often required by an increasing number of international retailers and foodservice providers.
When seeking certification, the SQF audit consists of two pieces. The documentation audit, often completed off-site, is a review of written programs to assure the company is prepared prior to the on-site audit. This unique offering from SQF provides the company an opportunity to improve the written program without damaging their potential for an “Excellent” audit score over-all in the first year.
The on-site audit includes a thorough examination of facility conditions, processes and employee actions. The auditor collects evidence of how the written plan is implemented , how records and training demonstrate an effective system.
HCG recommends SQF training to ensure a solid understanding of the code. Many companies become overwhelmed with the number requirements. The guidance available on-line is helpful, but often confused as ‘code’. HCG can help you distinguish between what must be done, and what is recommended. We work to simplify the code and ensure your success.
HCG is a Licensed Training Center for SQF and can provide instruction the meets the SQFI standards for Practitioner and employee training. We provide consulting services during the implementation process including GAP analysis and program development.
We also provide on-going system support. The SQF requirement for unannounced audits requires companies to remain audit-ready. Using HCG to compliment your own training and auditing efforts will help ensure your certification status is maintained and continuous improvement assures food safety.
Implementing Safe Quality Food (SQF) Systems Course
This two-day course is aligned with the SQF Code, Edition 8. It provides instruction, examples, exercises and tools necessary for successfully implementing an SQF System. It is one step in the qualification process for SQF Practitioners and an excellent choice for all food safety team members.
The course covers the following topics
- Preparing to implement an SQF System
- Implementing an SQF System
- Developing food quality and food safety plans based on HACCP principles
- Preparing for the SQF audit and certification process
- Preparing GMPs to control hazards, threats, and risks to food safety
- Updating participants on SQF news or changes to the Code
Who Should Attend
SQF Practitioners, food safety and quality managers as well as other company leaders involved in the management system such as sanitation, maintenance, sales, purchasing and research and development personnel
Upon successful completion, participants will be able to:
- Understand the structure of the SQF Code
- Understand the intent of the SQF Code
- Qualify as an SQF Practitioner (if also HACCP trained and under full time employment.)
- Complete a practice exam and be prepared for the SQFI on-line exam
Overview of SQF and the Global Food Safety Initiative
Understanding the audit process and roles within that process
Discussion and practice developing a HACCP based quality plan
Detailed discussion on Module 2 of the Code
Continued discussion on Module 2
Detailed discussion on Module 11
Combination lecture and classroom exercises
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