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The SQF (Safe Quality Food) Program is a leading, global food safety and quality certification program and management system, designed to meet the needs of buyers and suppliers worldwide. The Program provides independent certification that a supplier’s food safety and quality management system complies with international and domestic food safety regulations. This enables suppliers to assure their customers that food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain.

SQF is designed as a food safety program, but it also covers product quality, a feature that is unique to a certification program of this type. Assuring consistent quality and meeting buyer specifications are important aspects of the buyer-supplier relationship.

SQF Codes 1000 and 2000

The SQF Program provides two standards based on the type of food supplier:

The SQF 1000 Code for primary producers and the SQF 2000 Code for the manufacturing and distribution sectors. Both are based on the HACCP method and principles.

The SQF Codes are divided into three certification levels. These levels provide suppliers with an opportunity for continuous improvement and make SQF certification obtainable for even the smallest companies. Suppliers are issued with an SQF certificate indicating the level of certification achieved.

Levels of Certification

Level 1: Food Safety Fundamentals
Suppliers must establish prerequisite programs incorporating fundamental food safety controls essential to providing a sound foundation for the production and manufacture of safe food. This level is appropriate for low risk products.

Level 2: Certified HACCP Food Safety Plans
In addition to meeting Level 1 requirements, suppliers must complete and document a food safety risk assessment of the product and process using the HACCP method, and an action plan to eliminate, prevent or reduce food safety hazards. This is the minimum level for suppliers of high risk products.

Level 3: Comprehensive Quality Management Systems Development
Suppliers are required to complete and document a food quality assessment of the product and its associated process to identify the controls needed to ensure a consistent level of quality. Level 1 and Level 2 certification are prerequisites to gaining a Level 3 SQF certificate. After achieving Level 3, an SQF-certified supplier is authorized to use the SQF 1000 or 2000 certification trademark (according to the type of certification achieved) to indicate their status as an SQF quality certified supplier.

At all levels, suppliers are required to meet buyer product specifications and the regulatory requirements of the country in which they operate and the countries to which they export products.


A breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 2017 draft class and its progress after two weeks of training camp:

Tre'Davious White, CB, first round (No. 27 overall): White has spent training camp exclusively with the first-team defense and has not looked out of place. After the Bills traded Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles last week, Connor Barwin JerseysWhite is locked in as the team's top cornerback, with a competition at the other spot. White has shown impressive instincts and ball skills for a rookie.

Zay Jones, WR, second round (No. 37): The Bills' unexpected trade of Sammy Watkins last week benefits Jones, who has taken a large chunk of the first-team reps since the deal. With newcomer Jordan Matthews sidelined with a fractured sternum, Jones has frequently lined up with veteran Anquan Boldin as the top receiver pairing. Andre Holmes has also worked into that mix.

Dion Dawkins, OT, second round (No. 63): Dawkins has practiced mostly with the second team at right tackle, although he and second-team right guard Vladimir Ducasse have received first-team reps at times. Darren Sproles Jerseys"I like part of what I see," coach Sean McDermott said Sunday of Dawkins. "The rest of it is him getting used to playing in the NFL." Although Dawkins taking starting right tackle Jordan Mills' job does not appear imminent, Dawkins could eventually see time at left tackle if Cordy Glenn's foot injury does not improve. Seantrel Henderson has taken first-team left tackle reps but is suspended for the first five games.

Matt Milano, LB, fifth round (No. 163): It has been a low key camp for Milano, whose reps have mostly come with the second-team defense. He was not a part of any of the Bills' top special-teams units in last Thursday's preseason opener, Jordan Matthews Jerseyswhich is not the most encouraging sign for a rookie who will have to make his mark in that phase of the game.

Nathan Peterman, QB, fifth round (No. 171): Peterman began camp as the No. 3 quarterback and struggled at times, but leading the Bills on a 13-play, 79-yard touchdown drive helped propel him into the No. 2 role this week in practice. Fletcher Cox JerseysPeterman is now taking the majority of second-team reps instead of veteran T.J. Yates. "Really just trying to get him more reps," McDermott said Sunday of Peterman. "You know, T.J.'s been in the system for a while, so he knows the system well and, Brian Dawkins Jerseysreally, it's just taking a look at Nate and giving him a chance to develop, really, with added reps."