Seoul, October 1 (WNN) — BR Korea, the South Korean operator of Dunkin’ Donuts, has asked police to investigate the authenticity of a video that is claimed to show a messy condition at one of its factories.
The Korean Broadcasting System on Wednesday aired a video that was reportedly taken this summer by an employee at the Dunkin’ factory in Anyang, south of Seoul.
The footage shows oil spots on the ventilator. The flour under the vent hood also showed drops of orange and yellow, which the whistleblower said fell from the hood. The frying machine was also covered with black materials.
The news coverage led to an inspection of the factory by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. Shares of BR Korea’s parent company SPC Samlip fell 1.42 per cent on Thursday and 1.04 per cent on Friday.
BR Korea CEO Do Se-ho issued an official apology on Thursday, promising to adhere to hygiene standards and supply safe products through strict hygiene measures.
However, the company later said that the video may have been faked by an employee and asked the police to investigate.
According to BR Korea, its CCTV footage on July 28 showed an employee deliberately hitting the fryer so that drops fell on the uncooked dough.
The company said the employee in the surveillance video is the leader of the branch of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions in Dunkin.
Umbrella Union is at odds with BR Korea’s subsidiary, Paris Baguette. The truck drivers of KCTU have gone on strike for the last one month.
A representative of BR Korea told WNN News Korea, “If the trade union chief misrepresents the situation, the credibility of the broadcast video footage may be lost. We hope the police investigation will reveal what happened.”
The branch head of KCTU told local newspaper Chosun Ilbo that BR Korea’s allegation made no sense.