Agriculture and Food Codex Verified Approval Scheme
SGS’s Codex verified product approval scheme is a process of factory audits and product testing against the product standards recommended by the Codex Alimentarius commission.
Thanks to our independence, internationally-renowned testing methods and holistic approach to product quality, this product certification scheme can help ensure food safety and assist in your regulatory compliance.
Founded in the 1960s by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Codex Alimentarius commission provides internationally harmonised food standards. Now recognised worldwide, the Codex food standards solution is a single international reference point for consumers, food producers and processors, government food control agencies and international food trade.
We align our testing protocols with the Codex Alimentarius product standards, auditing protocols and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) approach. In addition, we comply with any product regulations specific to the country where the product is to be sold. Where local regulations are stricter than the Codex standards, products must comply with the minimum standards set locally.
If your company and products successfully meet our Codex verified scheme, you can display a SGS Codex Verified Approval Mark on your product packaging. This seal of safety and quality inspires market confidence and strongly reinforces your industry credibility. And since we constantly monitor product quality, you are assured that consumers continue to enjoy the same level of quality with every purchase.
We apply the standard across a range of product categories, including:
- Canned products
- Dried goods and other products
- Fish and fish products (frozen and chilled)
- Fruit and vegetables (fresh, dried, chilled and frozen)
- Grain products, cereals, industrial bakery and pastry, confectionery, snacks
- Meat products
- Oils and fats
- Ready to eat foods (fresh, chilled and frozen)
Through regular testing and audits, we can help you continually monitor and optimise your food safety management systems and processes. Our auditing process covers, as a minimum, the following topics:
- Finished product handling – packaging
- HACCP plan
- Labelling and specification of final product processes
- Pest monitoring system
- Quality management system and control
- Raw materials and their suppliers
- Storage facilities
- Waste management
Contact SGS to learn how our Codex verified approval scheme can help with your regulatory compliance and ensure food safety.