Ready Pac Foods’ Irwindale, California facility completed its first Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Level 3 Certification Audit and has attained Level 3 certification, the highest level possible.
Ready Pac is seeking the stringent SQF Level 3 certification for all of its plants, to align their own desire for standardized and harmonized quality systems with their customers’ food safety and quality needs. Ready Pac’s Florence, New Jersey facility achieved this milestone in May of this year.
SQF is the only food safety program outside of Europe that is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI). The program endeavors to improve process management and includes comprehensive and consistent training to uphold the integrity of the process. Level 3 certified companies can use the SQF trademark logo on products and marketing materials.
All other Ready Pac facilities already have achieved SQF level 2 certification, which includes certified HACCP food safety plans benchmarked by GFSI. The company’s goal is to achieve company-wide Level 3 certification by the end of 2012.