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The NFCU encouraged businesses, particularly smaller ones, to make use of its Food Fraud Resilience tool to help understand where they might need further support and protection from food fraud.

Advice and tips for businesses include support such as:

  • Ensuring suppliers to your business are legitimate and tools to recognise this
  • Training employees to recognise food fraud and understand how to report it
  • Being able to recognise orders from fake or cloned companies
  • Probing questions to ask and to not rely on good will or previous working history
  • Recognising when something is too good to be true

£11.6bn cost of food fraud

Steve Smith, head of outreach and prevention at the NFCU said: “Food crime costs UK businesses £11.6bn each year and has a huge impact on businesses, some of whom may never recover from the damaging financial loss. With Christmas upon us, businesses are busy concentrating on trading which is often when they are at their most vulnerable.

“Businesses have faced up to a myriad of extraordinary challenges in the last two years and continue to do so, and, now more than ever, we are encouraging businesses to use the quick and effective tool so we can start a conversation with them about their individual business needs.

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