Gourmet Specialty Foods, a sister company of JAFCO Foods, is pleased to announce that they have received a Level 2 Safe Quality Food Certification.

The achievement marks a milestone for Gourmet Specialty Foods and places the company among the select few that not only passed the rigorous desk and plant audits, but also registered a nearly perfect score. Gourmet scored 93 out of 100 on its first try, well above the passing grade of 75.

“We are very excited,” said Brian Gangemi, co-founder of Gourmet Specialty Foods and JAFCO’s chief operating officer. “The certification verifies our dedication to food safety and shows current and potential customers that they can count on us to deliver unparalleled transparency and consistency.”

“It’s designed to create a standard of excellence,” said Scott C. Lane, CFS, senior director of quality product development and operation at Gourmet Specialty Foods. “It’s not a simple case of flipping the switch. You live it. You breathe it.”

The Safe Quality Food Program administered by the Food Marketing Institute is the only standard recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), an industry-driven organization dedicated to the safety of the food supply chain by fostering sound food safety management system controls.

Although there are three levels of certification for the SQF standard, Level 2 is the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) food safety program benchmarked by GFSI to ensure companies worldwide are held to the same universal food safety standard. The scope of Gourmet’s registration, under the Level 2 SQF Certification, includes the manufacturing of processed meats and poultry.

Gourmet Specialty Foods specializes in the manufacturing of ready-to-cook products such as high-quality marinated meats, skewers, kabobs, hamburgers, proprietary stuffed proteins and other customized meat and poultry dishes. Based in Andover, Mass., Gourmet Specialty Foods utilizes the nationwide distribution network of JAFCO Foods to ship to all of continental United States. For more information, please fill out the contact form; e-mail, info@jafcofoods.com, or call, 800-437-3068.

JAFCO Foods is a wholesale food distributor based in Tewksbury, Mass., serving a wide range of markets including colleges and universities, food management companies, healthcare facilities and universities, casinos, k-12 schools, and foodservice distributors. JAFCO Foods represents 150 manufacturers and carries 300 national brand products as well as custom products such as center-of-the-plate protein offerings, side dishes, and desserts.