To further enhance our existing programs, we have embraced Safe Quality Food (SQF) to be in compliance with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI).
What is GFSI?
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a nonprofit organization with the goal of improving food safety and food security management systems. Their work involves developing benchmarks for the process used to establish a food safety management program and the guidelines to maintain it. Currently, there are four food safety standards that are formally benchmarked to GFSI. One of them is the Safe Quality Food 2000 Code.
What is SQF?
The Safe Quality Food Program (SQF) provides certification that guarantees the food has been manufactured in accordance with food safety best practices and meets all established requirements. The program, now globally recognized, has rigorous and specific standards that must be met before achieving certification.
What Does SQF Do?
- Verifies our processes are in control and food safe
- Certification helps us continually improve our quality and safety processes
- Confirms all of our procedures meet or exceeds GFSI standards and regulatory requirements
- Provides an additional level of confidence that our products have been produced, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards
- Addresses and encourages safe, responsible and sustainable business practices
What does this mean for Great Lakes Cheese customers?
Great Lakes Cheese is proud to be a part of the SQF Program. We value the additional confidence gained in knowing our products and processes meet the highest food safety standards. Our customers have come to expect this level of quality, and we're pleased to announce all Great Lakes Cheese packaging plants are SQF-certified.