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In 2017, Simon Leeman Produce became SQF certified, receiving Level 2 certification with an “excellent” rating under the stringent SQF 2000 Standard for our Comprehensive Food Safety Management System. This means that we maintain one of the most rigorous food safety programs in the industry.

The Safe Quality Food Institute Mission is:

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.

The Safe Quality Food Institute Vision is:

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

So what is SQF?

SQF or Safe Quality Food is a certification that is achieved when a company demonstrates exceptional food safety practices. A third-party audit is conducted by a qualified inspector to evaluate different aspects of a company’s food safety program, including: Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans, food safety programs, sanitation programs and maintenance programs. It provides validation to many national and international retailers and food service providers that a company has food safety programs in place and that those programs are followed. SQF is a globally recognized certification as a food safety management system and is administered by the SQF Institute.


Why did Simon Leeman choose a SQF Certification?

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 be  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.
  • 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.
  • SQF is the only scheme to integrate a quality component as well as food safety.


Globally Recognized

SQF Certification is supported by an increasing number of U.S. and international retailers and food service providers, many of whom are expressing a preference for SQF-certified suppliers. In addition, the SQF program is endorsed by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a collaboration between some of the world’s leading food safety experts from retailer, manufacturer and food service companies, as well as service providers associated with the food supply chain.

Here is a small sample of some companies that are among the growing number of retailers and food service providers who support SQF certification:

  • ConAgra Food, Inc.
  • Costco
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Eggland’s Best Inc.
  • Farm Fresh, LLC
  • Giant Food, Inc.
  • Hershey Company
  • Hormel
  • Kellogg Company
  • Kraft Foods
  • McDonalds – Global
  • McDonalds – US
  • Nestle Canada and USA
  • Panera Bread
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sargento Foods
  • Subway
  • Target
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Wendy’s



  • FDA and USDA Alerts
    • We respond to recalls within 3 hours of all recalls.
      • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
      • Recall, crisis management and HACCP teams
      • Recall alert communication system
  • Managed HACCP System (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points)
  • Monthly meetings with all staff to discuss changes and put new systems into place
  • Cold chain integrity throughout our facility and distribution system

Food Safety/Food Defense

  • Food Safety/Food Defense training for all employees
  • Comprehensive crisis action plans
  • Quality assurance field/warehouse teams
  • Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDARD)