PR: Melissa's Receives SQF 2000 Certification


Los Angeles, California (March 2012) – Melissa’s / World Variety Produce, Inc. is now registered as meeting the requirements of the SQF 2000 Code; level 2: Accredited HACCP-Based Food Safety Plans.  The Safe Qualify Food Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), as well as retailers and foodservice providers around the world, as being one of the most rigorous, credible food safety management systems in the marketplace today. We are proud to be a certified wholesaler under the SQF program.

Administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the SQF 2000 program reflects the Institute’s Mission: “To deliver consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs based on sound scientific principles, consistently applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders.”
Melissa’s is sensitive to increased consumer demand for food safety assurances that  provide verifiable proof that aggressive food safety control systems have been effectively implemented throughout the distribution pipeline. These systems must be properly validated, including a process of continuous monitoring procedures. The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program accreditation protocols support this criterion. For Melissa’s / World Variety Produce, food safety is not a value-added extra; it is how we do conduct business as a matter of policy.

Melissa’s is the leading distributor of specialty produce and foods in the United States.  The company imports exotic fruits and vegetables from around the world.  For more information, visit Melissa’s Web site at www.melissas.com.
                                                                       
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What is SQF Certification?

One world. One standard.
Today’s consumers are more educated about the food they’re providing their families and requiring more information about the safety of the food they purchase. One link in the food chain does not get rattled without it affecting the next link. Customers expect more from their retailers and food service providers, who in turn expect more of their suppliers.

Heightened consumer demand for increased food safety assurances moves down the chain with retailers and service providers asking suppliers to provide verifiable proof that robust food safety control systems have been effectively implemented. These systems must have been properly validated and show evidence of continuous monitoring procedures. This is where the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program comes in.

SQF is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. Using the SQF certification program will help reduce assessment inconsistencies and costs of multiple assessment standards. What’s more, the SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. Administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), SQF benefits from continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns. These benefits are passed on to SQF certified suppliers, keeping them a step ahead of their competitors.

The Safe Quality Food Institute Mission: To deliver consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs based on sound scientific principles, consistently applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders.

SQF Vision: To be the single most trusted source for global food safety and quality certification.

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