ARLINGTON, VA – March 28, 2013 – The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF) announced this week the opening of registration for the SQF Information Day program, a global series of day-long, in-person seminars to introduce food suppliers to the benefits of food safety and quality certification. The seminars will kick off on April 18, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

SQF Institute Senior Vice President Robert L. Garfield said, “The SQF Information Day program is a valuable service that SQF is providing to suppliers interested in pursuing third party accreditation. Because the program offers a full day of information, suppliers will leave with the knowledge they need to make an informed decision concerning development of a third-party, accredited certification system.”

The SQF Institute, a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food-safety management system. The SQF Program is also recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification.

For only $50 US, SQF Information Day attendees will gain insight on the SQF certification program, learn about critical updates on food safety certification issues, such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and have the opportunity to collaborate with peers in their industry. The conference is open to retailers, food producers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, in addition to food safety experts, consultants, and government officials from food safety programs. SQF’s program will stop in 12 cities across six countries over the next four months. To learn more about the SQF Information Day program, to register, or to view sponsorship opportunities, visit the website at