SQF Code Edition 9

The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of FMI, The Food Industry Association, released series of SQF Codes under the new Edition 9. The audits beginning on May 24, 2021

Structural Changes Overview

Standalone Codes

  • Food Manufacturing
  • Storage and Distribution
  • Manufacture of Food Packaging
  • Primary Plant Production (New)
  • Primary Animal Production (New)
  • Aquaculture (New)
  • Animal Product Manufacturing (New)
  • Pet Food Manufacturing (New)
  • Animal Feed Manufacturing (New)
  • Dietary Supplement Manufacturing (New)

Streamlined Technical Elements

  • Site Location and Operations
  • Food Safety Culture
  • Chemical Storage
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Specifications
  • Training



  • Desk Audits eliminated

Technical Changes Summary

Based on: GFSI Benchmarking

  • HACCP: storage distribution
  • Internal laboratories
  • Food safety culture
  • Remote activities

Based on: SQF Stakeholder Feedback

  • Ambient air testing
  • Co manufacturers
  • Audit scoring


SQFI provides multiple tools for effective implementation the requirements of Edition 9

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