Counter Fraud Good Practice Guide for Food & Drink Businesses

Counter Fraud Good Practice Guidance for the Food & Drink industry

On November 2nd The Institute of Food Safety, Integrity and Protection (TiFSiP) will publish a new counter fraud good practice guide for the food and drink industry.

The purpose of the guide is to outline how food and drink business can apply established counter fraud good practice to improve fraud resilience and reduce the financial cost of fraud.

The guide was developed by the CIEH Food Community: TiFSiP in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, the Food Standards Agency’s National Food Crime Unit, Food Standards Scotland’s Food Crime and Incidents Unit, and the Intellectual Property Office.

In this blog post, Eoghan Daly (TiFSiP’s policy and technical advisor) provides an overview of counter fraud good practice for food and drink businesses.

Eoghan will be speaking at the TiFSiP / BHA conference on November 15th TiFSiP, about the guide, how it was developed, and how it can be used.

The conference will also cover new regulatory requirements for food and drink businesses, controlling food waste, the pros and cons of primary authority partnerships, and responding to new food trends while ensuring food safety.

A limited number of conference tickets are available here.


There is much the food and drink industry could learn from the counter fraud profession.

In previous posts have covered the advantages of taking a counter fraud approach to improve the fraud resilience of food and drink businesses, and summarised the modern strategic approach to counter fraud.

In this post I outline the 7 steps to successful counter fraud practice. The steps are based on good practice applied by counter fraud professionals.

Step 1: Establish the nature and scale of the problem

Undertake statistically valid analysis to determine:
• The financial cost of fraud to the organisation.
• The types of frauds affecting the organisation, and the relative cost of each type.


Step 2: Develop a counter fraud strategy
The strategy should include:
• The aims and objectives of the counter fraud work.
• The counter fraud actions which will be undertaken.
• The expected outputs and outcomes.
• The monitoring and evaluation framework.


Step 3: Establish an implementation structure
Effective implementation requires:
• Centralised counter fraud remit and authority.
• Professional counter fraud skills.
• Investment in counter fraud work proportionate to the financial cost of fraud.


Step 4: Design and implement fraud prevention measures
Fraud prevention involves:
• Development of an anti-fraud culture
• Creating a strong deterrence effect.
• Designing weaknesses out of processes and systems.


Step 5: Design and implement fraud detection measures
Detection requires:
• Whistleblowing arrangements.
• Setting expectations about reporting concerns.
• Data analysis to reveal anomalies.


Step 6: Design and implement investigative processes
When undertaking investigations it is important that:
• They are legally compliant.
• Appropriate criminal, civil and regulatory sanctions are sought.
• Action is taken to recover losses.


Step 7: Monitor outcomes
Demonstrating return on investment requires tracking and monitoring of the outcomes specified in an organisation’s counter fraud strategy.

The steps above are straightforward, if you know what you are doing. There is a lot of work necessary under each one and it is best to get advice from an accredited counter fraud professional before you start.

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