THE Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recently recognized the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) for successfully adding the scope of "feed" to its already recognized scopes against the GFSI Guidance Document.
This is the first GFSI-recognized scheme to cover the scope of feed, which includes the production of animal feed and the processing of pet food.
"As part of the American Feed Industry Assn.'s (AFIA) partnership with SQFI for the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program and the Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program, we now have GFSI benchmarked program options for our members," AFIA president and chief executive officer Joel G. Newman said. "AFIA members have asked for a program that has been developed specifically for animal feed and pet food that can be benchmarked to the GFSI scheme, and we are proud to say there is now an option available to them."
SQFI senior technical director LeAnn Chuboff added that the institute's "inclusion of animal feed and pet food production further demonstrates how our program is truly a farm-to-fork certificate solution. We are encouraged that the SQFI code continues to be flexible enough to meet the needs of the industry by strategically augmenting the scope of SQFI and thereby ensuring a safer supply chain."
SQFI began handling the administration of the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program and Pet Food Ingredient Facility Certification Program in October 2013.
The passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act by Congress and the growing global recognition of third-party certification programs by the food industry have initiated the need for programs to move to the next level of expertise, professional administration and global recognition by the industry and regulators.
AFIA and SQFI signed a joint program implementation and marketing agreement to bring these three AFIA third-party certification programs into the SQFI family of programs. SQFI is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world that require a rigorous, credible food safety management system.