Six illegal workers have been arrested during a UK Border Agency (UKBA) raid on Honeytop Speciality Foods in Dunstable.
Acting on intelligence, UKBA officers, along with police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, raided the Woodside Industrial Estate during the night shift and found six staff who had no right to be in the UK.
Three of the illegal workers a Pakistani man, an Indian woman and a Ghanaian man had overstayed their visas. The others two Indian men and an Iranian man had entered the UK illegally. They all face deportation.
Honeytop now faces a potential fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless it can prove correct pre-employment checks were carried out. A Honeytop spokesman said: "We do not knowingly employ people illegally, and thoroughly screen all potential employees to ensure they are entitled to work before we take them on." He added that it was co-operating fully with the investigation.