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The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is opening a new stakeholder consultation, a vital step in the benchmarking of Safe Quality Food (SQF) edition 8 against the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Version 7.1.

Already one of the GFSI-recognised certification programmes, SQF applied for re-benchmarking upon the release of the new version of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements.

The SQF programme is recognised by retailers and foodservice providers around the world as a rigorous and credible food safety management system. It is the only certification system recognised by GFSI that offers certificates for primary production, food manufacturing, and distribution. This enables suppliers to assure their customers that their food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain. Additionally, as a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the SQF programme incorporates continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns. This information is passed on to SQF certified suppliers, keeping them a step ahead of their competitors.

Why a Re-benchmarking?

GFSI continually evolves its requirements to reflect new industry challenges, best practice and stakeholder input. With the publication of a new edition, certification programme owners (CPOs) are invited to complete a new benchmarking process. This collaborative exercise is one of the key ways by which new requirements are implemented throughout the industry at large for the benefit of consumers everywhere.

Why a Consultation?

Open stakeholder consultations are an important step in this process to ensure the greatest transparency and objectivity, and are conducted after the desktop self-assessment review and the office visit led by an independent benchmark leader.

How to Participate?

To participate in this consultation, simply download the documents from our consultations page.


Please download the documents from the consultations page on the GFSI website. After reading the Benchmarking Summary Report and the self-assessment forms that correspond the Scopes of SQF’s application, you can send your comments to: gfsibm@theconsumergoodsforum.com by Friday 31 August 2018.

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