A coffee brand from Ireland has been found to have a high level of contamination in its supply chain.
The company’s supply chain manager at the time of its establishment, Tom Kelly, had previously been charged with misconduct and falsifying documents in relation to a case where he used a fake job offer to lure a young Irish man into a scheme to make €60,000.
Mr Kelly, who has been working at Candle Supply since 2008, was convicted in 2013 and received a suspended sentence.
The investigation found the chain manager had failed to properly monitor his employees’ and suppliers’ movements and activities, and had been using a false identity to obtain and keep information.
In January 2017, a senior company officer was found to be in breach of Irish employment laws when he failed to carry out an internal audit and report to the chief executive officer, who was found not to have sufficient authority.
The Irish Times understands Mr Kelly, the chain’s owner, has been charged over the matter and is appealing against the decision.
He has not been charged in relation with the case and will be tried in the Irish courts.
Candle Supply, based in Rathdown, Co Wicklow, is the first major Irish company to be found to contain potentially hazardous levels of contamination.
The coffee brand is made from beans that are grown on an organic farm and are sourced from farmers in Ireland and elsewhere.
The source of the contamination is unknown.
A spokesman for Candle Supply said it was a matter for the company and it would cooperate fully with any investigations.
“We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers meet stringent quality standards,” the company said.
“It is essential that our supply chain meets our high standards, as well as those of the people who work with us.