Freshway Furthers Food Safety Commitment With SQF Certification

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Freshway Furthers Food Safety Commitment With SQF Certification


Sidney, Ohio-based Freshway Foods has implemented a new third party food safety audit program with the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) three-tiered SQF 2000 certification system, which recognizes companies which implement food safety programs beyond the fundamental industry standards.

Having earned the SQF 2000 Level 2 accreditation for HACCP-based food safety plans in late July after initially adopting the SQF certification program earlier this year, the SQF audit is one of three food safety assessments that Freshway Foods now participates in under the administration of SQF Institute (SQFI), a division of FMI.

“In July, our SQF practitioner, Tim Redmon, rolled out the new program and led training for our entire operations team,” said Frank Gilardi, co-founder and CEO of Freshway Foods. “I am very proud of our employees’ continued commitment to the quality and food safety standards our customers have come to depend on.”

Added Sam Schlagetter, Freshway’s director of quality and food safety: “Meeting our own internal food safety standards while also being able to accommodate the range of food safety reporting required by our customer base was a key component in our selection of the SQF 2000 program. We take great care in the quality of product we process and ship from Freshway Foods, but great customer service and the food safety reporting that is inherit to that customer service is just as high of a priority for us.”

Freshway Foods is a produce processor, repacker, distributor, and logistics provider that offers value-added product and service solutions to foodservice and retail customers east of the Mississippi from Massachusetts to Florida.