US packaged goods giant Sara Lee has revealed that three of its sales executives have been implicated in the accounting scandal surrounding the US Foodservice business of Ahold.

Sara Lee said that the involved employees had been “relieved” of their sales responsibilities after it was revealed that they had confirmed to auditors inaccurate and higher amounts owed to US Foodservice.

However, head of Sara Lee Steven McMillian said that “while this is a serious matter, we want to emphasise that Sara Lee is not the focus of this investigation, and this discovery in no way affects our financial results”.

He added: “Sara Lee’s accounting for our business with US Foodservice is both accurate and appropriate.”