Grim discovery of bags of pig remains sparks black market pork fears across UK

Authorities are investigating the possibility that black market meat may have found its way onto dinner plates in the UK after suspicious bags of slaughtered pigs were found.

The discovery of several bags of dead pig parts dotted around Wealden in Sussex comes amidst a national shortage of butchers and abattoir workers.

There are now fears that criminals are looking to cash in on the crisis, prompting concerns over food safety.

The discarded pig remains have been fly-tipped on five occasions in the Crowborough and Eridge areas of Wealden since mid-August. They are often packaged in animal product boxes labelled "bones".

The gruesome discoveries have included carcass offcuts and even whole pig heads.

Wealden District Council is now looking to get to the bottom of the mystery, fearing that unsuspecting customers could be at risk from the unregulated meat.

A spokesperson from the council explained: "We are not making any assumptions at this stage about where the product has come from or where the meat is being sold.

"It could be as straightforward as a legitimate business trying to avoid disposal costs – that's what we're trying to get to the bottom of.

"We had hoped it had come to a stop, hence the reason for the appeal now."

The council's Street Scene Team has requested that anyone with information gets in touch after a fifth horrifying haul turned up five bags of pig remains last week.

A plea on their website read: "We need your help to identify where the remains are coming from and where the meat is being sold.

"Have you noticed boxes of bones at your place of work or whilst travelling?

"Have you noticed someone new advertising meat for sale on social media? Or perhaps at a car boot fair or market?

"Have you noticed suspicious activity at a smallholding, piece of land or in a garden? Is someone/a business having meat deliveries out of the ordinary?"

They also confirmed that they are working alongside Sussex Police to find those responsible for the mystery meat.

You can contact the Street Scene Team in confidence on 01323 443322 or email them at [email protected]

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