The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) board of directors has announced that SQF has successfully added the scope of feed to the scopes for which they have already achieved recognition against the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition.

This is the first GFSI-recognized scheme to cover the scope of feed, which includes the production of animal feed and the processing of petfood products. The GFSI benchmark committee for the scope extension was led by Kevin Swoffer, director of KPS Resources Ltd, who was joined by Marc Cwikowski, director of quality and food safety strategy for The Coca-Cola Company and Bizhan Pourkomailian, food safety and supplier workplace accountability director for McDonald's Europe.


"One of the aims of GFSI is to provide solutions for the food industry from farm to fork," said Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety for Walmart and vice-chair of the GFSI board. "We are delighted that there is now an option for operators in this sector of the supply chain who wish to be certified against a GFSI-recognized scheme."

According to LeAnn Chuboff, senior technical director of SQFI, SQF's inclusion of animal feed and petfood production further demonstrates how the program is truly a farm-to-fork certificate solution. "We are encouraged that the SQF code continues to be flexible enough to meet the needs of the industry by strategically augmenting the scope of SQF and thereby ensuring a safer supply chain," said Chuboff.