Food Manufacturing Background Checks
UKGov intelligence agencies view the UK’s food supply chain as a viable delivery mechanism for terrorists to launch an orchestrated attack.
STRATA background checks, designed specifically for food manufacturers embed measures to counter-terrorism within the UK’s food supply chain.
Premeditated contamination at any point in the supply chain could result in catastrophic consequences, both socially and economically.
It is imperative that we understand the types of threat FMCG manufactures face, identify critical control points where an attack may occur and subsequently embed countermeasures to create a formidable layer of security as part of an organisations food defence strategy.
Guidelines and legislation
There is evidence that threats to and within the food manufacturing process are moving faster than solutions provided under industry (TACCP and VACCP) guidelines.
Although the subject is correctly addressed in ‘The White Paper’ (noted in PAS 96 2014), industry guidelines fall short in their understanding of the magnitude of, and fail to address the true source of current threats – which is ‘people’, offering only basic remedies under the broad heading of ‘Know your people’.
Does STRATA seek to replace TACCP?
Quite the opposite. STRATA should form a fundamental part of TACCP compliance.
On average, each homeland attempted terror attack investigated by the security services has led to the identification of over 20 persons likely to have been involved.
These are not ‘Lone Wolf’ attacks.
Background and Right to work checks conducted on current and prospective employees access just 8% of available data about each individual. In the context of supply chain security, such checks are woefully inadequate for purpose.
Identifying threat from within
It is not always external factors that can affect the economic status of an organisation – threat can quite easily come from within.
Without understanding the location, motive and capability of a terrorist cell it is difficult to predict how and where an attack may occur. But, we can implement internal measures to prevent an attack from ‘within’ by rigorously checking the personal credentials and social status of employees and agency staff with open access to the production line.
Industry standard background checks (including DBS checks) access just 8% of available information about an individual. A basic STRATA background check accesses between 78% and 90% of data.
This distinct gap in data analysis capability leaves organisations widely exposed to risk in a sector already identified as being at significant risk of attack.
As well as confirming the true identity of an individual (exposing fake ID’s in the process – e.g. as used in the Munir Mohammed case), using advanced facial recognition technology, STRATA determines whether an individual has links to terrorism or, at the very least draws attention to anyone following a persuasive ideology or radical agenda that raises cause for concern to intelligence services.
Food industry background checks
STRATA links closed source intelligence data with Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) data to provide a unique and unrestricted view of personal circumstances.
DBS Check limitations
DBS criminal records checks only confirm certain data and do not have access to additional, potentially vital information about individuals held by intelligence agencies worldwide.
It is not uncommon for people to not have a criminal record yet are widely engaged in or connected (whether directly or indirectly) to criminal activity. DBS checks do not report this type of information which exposes significant areas of potential risk.
STRATA accesses unique ‘intelligence’ about ‘people’ contained within the signiﬁcan’t 70%+ gap in data analysis capabilities.
STRATA facial recognition technology is the flagship in our armoury and the catalyst for our background check investigations.
Applying facial features as biometric identiﬁers – from a single photo STRATA veriﬁes true and extensive credentials about an individual including exposing fake identities.
In direct comparison, competitor facial recognition systems apply just 16 points of reference during ID veriﬁcation. STRATA applies 2.3 million points of reference to ensure absolute accuracy in ID veriﬁcation not only in facial but also emotional recognition.
The following compares a Basic DBS check against a Basic STRATA check.
Basic DBS Check
Basic STRATA Check
All STRATA checks are GDPR compliant, conducted legally and ethically and do not leave a digital footprint on an individuals record.
The question is, ‘would you make an informed recruitment decision knowing just 8% of the potential risk, or upon understanding 78% of the facts?’
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