Food Safety, Quality and Sustainability, Testing and Certification

SGS - Food Safety, Quality and Sustainability, Testing and Certification

Ensure quality, safety and integrity in the food supply chain with SGS - test and select the best crops, partner with the best manufacturers and processors, transport products safely, develop sustainable food systems and sell to consumers with confidence, worldwide.

At SGS, we provide a suite of solutions at every stage of the food industry value chain. Our expertise and experience delivers efficient services to help safeguard quality and safety throughout the whole food supply chain, from raw and semi-manufactured foodstuffs to final products in all principal food segments.

We deliver comprehensive and cost-effective control solutions including audits, testing, inspection, technical solutions and training. These services can be stand-alone or part of an integrated package of measures to assist your company in continuously improving the culture of food safety, quality and sustainability.

Primary producers

Arable, dairy, fish, horticultural and livestock farmers trust our expertise to help them reduce risk in their business activities as well as improve the quality and safety of products.

It's not just about the day-to-day farming but making sure you get things right from the start. Our seed selection, fertility management, crop trials and feed testing services are your building blocks.

Broaden your appeal to buyers with certification against standards including GAP (Good Agriculture Practices), GMP+ (feed safety assurance) Global GAP, HACCP, ISO 22000 and sustainable farming schemes.

Food transport and logistics

Food contaminant testing minimises the risk of non-compliance and fumigation services prevent the spread of insects and pests in stored goods, before or during shipment. Our paper, packaging and environmental testing services help you avoid shipping and handling damage. Measurement and calibration services verify the quantity of goods inbound, outbound and in storage, while tank calibration helps you avoid systematic losses and / or disputes. Our audit services help you meet your own or stakeholders' performance criteria.

With a global network of experts, our logistics services ensure your products are documented, stored and transported correctly at every step.

Manufacturers, processors and suppliers

Audit and verification of your organisation's policies, processes and facilities can improve both operational efficiency and product quality. Our Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification services align your organisation with multiple food safety standards, including Safe Quality Food (SQF), British Retail Consortium (BRC), FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification) and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP).

Technical solutions include food label reviews and nutritional analysis. Our state-of-the-art food testing laboratories are ISO 17025 accredited and our testing experts help ensure compliance with international regulations, governing issues such as pesticide and antibiotic residues, pathogenic bacteria, allergens, additives and heavy metals.

Retail and food services

Private label food product audits ensure products meet the relevant market standards. Food safety training ensures that everyone knows what should be done, and implementing appropriate quality management systems introduces the policies and procedures to ensure that it is. Our food safety experts can devise a programme of audit, certification, inspection and training services to meet your unique needs.

Retail store checks and mystery shopping take safeguarding your brand into your outlets, restaurants and stores. After working with you to devise an audit that meets your requirements, our site visits establish any shortfall in compliance.

Ensuring a sustainable food supply chain

Getting products to market is just the first step. Today, buying decisions are not just based on price and quality but also on a product's impact on the environment and community.

Our sustainability experts can verify that all aspects of your business are socially responsible, from concept to production and delivery. We support you with food sustainability services such as Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and UTZ certification, as well as Round Table Palm Oil, Bonsucro and Responsible Soy certification. Complement these with our value-added lifecycle assessment, sustainable packaging design and carbon footprint services.

SGS delivers innovation, efficiency and added value

In this highly specialised sector, our unique package of value-added services opens the door to increased efficiency, as well as access to our expertise in research and analysis, product development and farm management practices. We can help you achieve ongoing innovation while addressing new production methods, scientific developments and environmental concerns.

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. We are recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, we operate a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world. Our experts speak the local language, understand the culture of the local market and operate globally in a consistent, reliable and cost-effective manner.

We can fulfil all your testing, certification, technical assistance, audit, inspection and verification needs. Our research and development teams are dedicated to fine-tuning detection methods and testing processes - enabling us to deliver services faster and more economically.

With more than 130 years' experience, we understand the challenges that you face: protect your brand, build customer trust and open the door to a more profitable business with food industry solutions from SGS.

Contact Details

1 Place des Alpes
PO Box 2152
Geneva, 1211
+41 22 739 91 11
+41 22 739 98 86

Available White Papers


Comparing Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Recognised Standards 23 August 2013 A discussion about the similarities and differences between the requirements of the GFSI benchmarked food safety standards.


Understanding Sustainability in the Fish and Seafood Industry and the Related Certification Schemes and Consumer Guides 23 August 2013 A discussion on how sustainability is approached in the seafood industry and the initiatives in place to verify it and generate consumer confidence.