On November 4th,  2011, Snokist Growers issued a press release wherein Snokist claimed that its manufacturing facility and processes are currently certified to Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 by NSF International.

Snokist currently is NOT certified to SQF 2000 and is not listed on the SQFI website. Rather, Snokist’s SQF 2000 certification was suspended following Snokist’s failed audit by NSF International of October 4-6, 2011. While NSF conducted a re-audit in November, NSF’s review is ongoing and Snokist remains suspended.

The Safe Quality Food program is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world as a rigorous, credible food safety management system. 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. www.sqfi.com

Contacts:

NSF International
Greta Houlahan
Senior Communications Manager
NSF International
Ann Arbor, MI
(office) 734.913.5723
(cell) 248.866.5326
houlahan@nsf.org

SQF, Food Marketing Institute
Heather Garlich
Director, Media and Public Relations
SQF, Food Marketing Institute
Arlington, VA
(office) 202-220-0616
(cell) 703-314-7701
hgarlich@fmi.org