What Does It Mean to be SQF Certified?

Dec 03 , 2019

What Does It Mean to be SQF Certified?

The SQF (Safe Quality Foods) Program is a standard for food safety that is recognized by retailers and food service providers around the world as a rigorous, credible food safety management system.

If a facility is SQF certified, it means they have undergone certification by an independent third party, verifying that strict food safety measures are in place. SQF certified facilities are compliant with Food Safety Modernization Act, FDA regulations, and beyond. These standards include strict specifications for walls, floors, ceilings, doors, lights, pest control, ventilation, hygiene and dress code for personnel, traceability, supplier verification, and everything in between.

From the SQFI website: https://www.sqfi.com/suppliers/certification-steps/

There are three levels of certification for the SQF standard. Level 1 is mainly for low risk products and it incorporates fundamental food safety controls. Level 2 is a certified HACCP food safety plan that is benchmarked by GFSI. Level 3 is a comprehensive implementation of safety and quality management systems that incorporates Level 2. In many cases, a supplier’s customer has already designated a minimum level of certification.

The facility that packs Superb Mealworms performs lab tests on every batch, testing specifically for aerobic plate counts, salmonella, E.coli, Listeria m., Aflatoxins, mold counts, and moisture levels.

You know your birds are getting a safe product when you order mealworms and suet from Critter Boutique!

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