The Independent

Fraud is so widespread in the UK food and drinks industry that it costs the country as much as £424m a year, according to an alarming new report – which also found that little more than three per cent of it gets detected.

People are siphoning off cash at every stage in the supply chain, with each participant short-changing the next, whether it be in terms of quality or quantity, by substituting ingredients, making false claims or simply stealing money, researchers found.

The cost of this fraud is ultimately borne by the consumer, contributing 5p to the cost of a £1 loaf of white bread, £33p to a £6.00 bag of white rice and 11p to a £2.00 box of half a dozen eggs.

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