The Safe Quality Foods Institute (SQFI) is globally-recognized food safety and quality program. SQF regularly updates certification requirements to ensure quality end-products for consumers. SQF Edition 9’s codes will require monitoring of the compressed air and gas systems either annually or at a risk-based frequency.
Facilities with compressed air systems who are seeking SQF certification will fall into one of the following categories:
- Food Manufacturing
- Pet Food Manufacturing
- Animal Feed Manufacturing
- Animal Product Manufacturing
- Dietary Supplement Manufacturing
- Storage & Distribution
- Manufacturing of Food Packaging
188.8.131.52 A risk-based environmental monitoring program shall be in place for all food manufacturing processes and immediate surrounding areas, which impact
manufacturing processes. The responsibility and methods for the environmental monitoring program shall be documented and implemented.
184.108.40.206 An environmental sampling and testing schedule shall be prepared. It shall at a minimum:
- Detail the applicable pathogens or indicator organisms to test for in that industry;
- List the number of samples to be taken and the frequency of sampling;
- Outline the locations in which samples are to be taken and the rotation of locations as needed; and
- Describe the methods to handle elevated or undesirable results.
220.127.116.11 Environmental testing results shall be monitored, tracked, and trended, and preventative actions (refer to 18.104.22.168) shall be implemented where unsatisfactory results or trends are observed.
Ambient Air Testing Requirements Per Industry:
Dietary Supplements: 22.214.171.124 Ambient air in high-risk areas shall be tested at least annually to confirm that it does not pose a risk to food safety.
Pet Food: 126.96.36.199 Ambient air in high-risk areas shall be tested at least annually to confirm that it does not pose a risk to pet food safety.
Food Manufacturing: 188.8.131.52 Ambient air in high-risk areas shall be tested at least annually to confirm that it does not pose a risk to food safety
Primary Plant: 10.6.5.3 Ambient air shall be tested at least annually to confirm that it does not pose a risk to food safety.
View all SQF Edition 9 safety codes here.