Customs officers have seized hundreds of headless rats which were being smuggled to London So African diners could crunch into their bones and flesh.
Hundreds of rat corpses - which had been smoked to improve their flavour - were found at Tilbury Docks, in London.
The grisly discovery was made by customs officials as they made a routine inspection of a shipment of synthetic hair at the docks.
Closer investigation revealed boxes containing the carcases of 340 kilos of headless rats.
The giant cane rats, which had been smoked prior to shipping, arrived in a shipment from Ghana and are considered a delicacy in the country.
The illegal trade in the meat of wild animals has been devastating animal populations for decades and experts fear the unrefrigerated meat is capable of carrying diseases such as foot-and-mouth, anthrax, the Ebola virus, TB and cholera.
John Kaye, Assistant Director of Criminal Investigations at Ipswich, said: "This discovery of bushmeat has stopped an illegal and un-regulated product with health implications from reaching our streets."
A 42-year-old West African woman has been arrested at an address in London in connection with the illegal importation and later bailed pending further enquiries.
finally something that would make english food favorful.....and they stopped it.