A recent criminal conviction in the UK highlights the fraud risk from rogue employees. Two Despatch Managers at 2Sisters Food Group, the country’s largest poultry supplier, were supplying another company, Townsend Poultry, with chicken. Townsend Poultry was not a customer of 2 Sisters Food Group and there were no records of any deliveries. The fraud was uncovered during an audit when Townsend Poultry appeared incongruous on the customer records. Enquiries made with local hauliers used by the 2 Sisters Food Group confirmed there had been 84 deliveries from the 2 Sisters Food Group to Townsend Poultry, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. The Despatch Managers had destroyed the records of those deliveries.
2 Sisters suffered the theft of £300K of stock over an extended period between 2019 and 2021. This stock was then fed into the UK market with falsified or non-existent traceability records; a food safety risk.
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