Officials from the Food Safety department seized 2,190 kg of “unwholesome meat” packed in 20 polystyrene boxes at Egmore railway station.
Acting on a tip off, the team led by Dr R Kathiravan of the Tamil Nadu Food Safety Department, Chennai, visited the station and found the parcels on platform 5.
Officials said that some of the meat didn’t have legs but had long tails, adding it may have been ‘dressed up’ to avoid being identified as that of a specific animal.
Samples of it have been sent to the Madras Veterinary College at Vepery for a thorough check.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel on platform, got a stink emanating from the parcels on the railway station, and asked those handling them to stop.
The men immediately abandoned the parcels and fled. RPF then alerted the food safety department and a team arrived at the station.
The Food safety officials said that it would have been sold in Chennai as ‘Rajasthan meat’ for just 150 per kilogram, if it wasn’t seized.
The inquiries into the meat has revealed that the parcels had been booked at Gandhidham in Gujarat and were loaded on to the Jodhpur-Mannargudi Express at Jodhpur junction in Rajasthan.