Safe Quality Food Institute, Alchemy Release New Practitioner Training Course

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Course covers SQF Code requirements for processors and manufacturers.

By creating this training system, we can better prepare SQF food safety professionals to effectively manage their food safety and quality systems, reducing costly recalls and enhancing the food safety culture within their organization.

Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and one of the world’s leading Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized certification bodies, and Alchemy, the global leader in food and workplace safety training for production workers, announced today the launch of a co-developed online course and exam for SQF professionals. This course and examination assures that SQF practitioners have demonstrated knowledge of the newly issued SQF Code, Edition 7.

“By creating this training system, we can better prepare SQF food safety professionals to effectively manage their food safety and quality systems, reducing costly recalls and enhancing the food safety culture within their organization,” said Robert Garfield, senior vice president of SQFI. “In addition, the course provides applicable HACCP based examples that will challenge users and elevate the principles of an audit for real-life scenarios.”

The course titled “Implementing SQF Systems” educates participants on the updated SQF Code, Edition 7, including:

  •      Implementing an SQF System
  •      Preparing for the SQF audit
  •      Establishing preventive systems to stop costly withdrawals and recalls
  •      Developing food quality and food safety plans based on HACCP principles
  •      Implement GMPs or GAPs to ensure the safe growth, manufacture and delivery of food

“Alchemy is honored to be working with such a highly recognized and respected organization to continue the effort of increasing food safety throughout the food manufacturing and processing industry,” said Jeff Eastman, chief executive officer at Alchemy Systems. “The key attributes that underscore the course’s learning experience include, interaction and knowledge checks, which offer a convenience that has never before been available. We are excited about being SQF’s online partner creating education materials for individuals interested in learning more about the SQF Code and becoming an SQF practitioner.”

Alchemy and SQF will host a series of informational webinars for individuals interested in SQF practitioner training beginning in August. Webinar speakers, Kristie Grzywinski, technical manager at SQF and Laura Nelson, industry relations director at Alchemy Systems, will discuss the content delivered through the new online practitioner courses and what to expect with the updated SQF Code, Edition 7. To find out more information and to register for one of the upcoming webinars, visit http://www.alchemysystems.com/sqfwebinar.

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About Alchemy Systems
Alchemy is the global leader in food and workplace safety training for production workers. Companies use Alchemy to increase productivity, reduce food safety incidents, and lower compliance risk. Alchemy's unique training solution provides an interactive learning experience for production workers and enables companies to build a strong food safety culture. For more information, please go to http://www.alchemysystems.com.

About SQF
The Safe Quality Food (SQF) program is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world as a rigorous, credible food safety management system. It is the only certification system recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) that offers certificates for primary production, food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management. This enables suppliers to assure their customers that food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain. Additionally as a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the SQF program incorporates continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns. This information is passed on to SQF certified suppliers, keeping them a step ahead of their competitors. http://www.sqfi.com.

About FMI
Food Marketing Institute (FMI) conducts programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations on behalf of its nearly 1,250 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI’s U.S. members operate more than 25,000 retail food stores and almost 22,000 pharmacies with a combined annual sales volume of nearly $650 billion. FMI’s retail membership is composed of large multi-store chains, regional firms and independent operators. Its international membership includes 126 companies from more than 65 countries. FMI’s nearly 330 associate members include the supplier partners of its retail and wholesale members. http://www.fmi.org.

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