About Our Certification Program

Nearly two decades ago, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) set out to develop a program that would establish and promote generally accepted food safety guidelines that ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of a safe and wholesome feed supply for the growth and care of animals. That goal blossomed into the mission of the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, launched in 2004.

Administered by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), the voluntary, independently certified program establishes comprehensive standards of excellence that go beyond existing regulations to help maximize food and feed safety. Designed for both AFIA members and non-members across the United States and Canada, it helps feed, pet food and ingredient manufacturers by:


Communicating food safety risks to the industry

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Building consensus among industry segments


Providing continuing education for the workforce


Enhancing customer confidence in the feed and food supply


Facilities can receive four certifications:

  • FSC36 – the standard SF/SF certification program
  • FSC32 – the program for pet food and pet food ingredients
  • FSC34 – the program for the manufacture of animal feeds
  • International Safe Feed/Safe Food – the program for those that export their products globally

Healthy, productive animals mean a safe, sound food supply. And it starts with “Our Responsibility, Our Promise” to provide the best feed for domestic livestock and fish and food for pets.

Learn more about why we believe in our program>>