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    New to Certification? Check out SQF Fundamentals and Find Your Food Sector Category

    SQFI has developed the Fundamentals Program for Food Manufacturing and the Fundamentals Program for Primary Producers, just for business owners like yourself.

    The goal of the SQF Fundamentals Program is to help protect your brand from the risk of a recall and satisfy your buyer’s requirements. The SQF Fundamentals Program helps to facilitate retailer acceptance of entrepreneur’s like you, providing food safety security and acceptance along the supply chain.

    Get Started with SQF Fundamentals


    1. The first place to start is to learn about SQF Fundamentals.

    One of the best ways to learn how to put together a food safety program based on SQF Fundamentals is to use one of our SQF training solutions, such as the Implementing the SQF Fundamentals Code for Manufacturing e-Learning Course.

    2. Register in the SQFI Assessment Database.

    Sites are required to register in the SQFI assessment database before they begin the certification process. This lets SQFI know you’re interested. Registration is annual, and there is a fee per site payable at registration and renewal. The database and fee chart can be accessed from the SQFI website (sqfi.com). Your site must register with SQFI prior to certification and must remain registered to retain your certification. If your site fails to maintain registration, your certificate will be invalid until you are properly registered in the SQFI assessment database. Register here. 

    3. Identify your food sector category (FSC)

    SQF food sector categories help identify which food safety requirements best fit your product and its production process. In other words, the food sector category points you to the applicable GMP module you will follow and be audited to.

    Use the chart below to figure out which FSC is right for you

    Select the Relevant Food Sector Categories (FSC)

    The SQF Fundamentals Program is specially designed for those small businesses who may not have the resources or time to leap into a GFSI benchmarked food safety program. SQFI is here to help these sites develop a robust food safety system and take their food safety management systems to the next level.

    We understand that this can be a daunting task. That’s why we can provide you with a variety of resources, such as guidance documents and a knowledgeable customer support team available Monday through Friday – just for you and your suppliers. SQFI will be with you every step of the way. So, what are you waiting for? Protect your brand and your interests with a fully integrated food safety certified supply chain.

    Encourage those in your supply chain to Take the First Steps.

    Download the SQF Fundamentals for Manufacturing – Basic Edition 1.1.

    SQF Fundamentals Code for Manufacturing e-Learning Course. 

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