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SQF Levels

There are three levels of certification for the SQF standard. It is necessary to understand both Modules and Levels. The level is a choice, the module is not - it is the set of requirements that apply to your type of business. Read more about SQF Modules.


SQF Food Safety Fundamentals

Formerly known as SQF Level 1

For low risk products and it incorporates fundamental food safety controls. This is not recognized or benchmarked by GFSI.


SQF Food Safety Code

Formerly known as SQF Level 2 Certification

SQF Food Safety Code is a certified HACCP food safety plan. Most companies will select this level since it is benchmarked by GFSI. It is available in several versions including:

SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturers

This includes the following Modules:

  • 4: processing of pet food
  • 9: pre-processing of animal products
  • 10: pre-processing of plant products
  • 11: processing of food products

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SQF Food Safety Code for Primary Production

This includes the following Modules:

  • 5: farming of animal products
  • 6: farming of seafood
  • 7: farming of plant products
  • 8: good agricultural practices for farming of grains and pulses

SQF Food Safety Code for Food Retail

  • 15: retail

SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacture of Food Packaging

This includes the following Module:

  • 13: processing of food packaging

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SQF Food Safety Code for Storage and Distribution

This includes the following Module:

  • Module 12: for transport and distribution of food products

SQF Quality Code

Formerly known as SQF Level 3 Certification

This involves a comprehensive implementation of safety and quality management systems that incorporates the Food Safety Code. The Food Safety Code is implemented first, before adding the SQF Quality Code.