An investigation has been launched after a resident found part of an animal carcass on the road near a town factory.
The carcass, thought to be unstained beef from a spinal column, was found by a resident on the road outside JG Pears, the animal rendering plant in Gallows Hill, on the outskirts of Harborough.
The Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency and Leicestershire County Council’s trading standards department are both looking into the incident.
The “staining” refers to various classifications of meat and whether they have been marked or not as unfit for human consumption.
The investigation comes after Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier brought the matter to the attention of the authorities following a complaint made to him by the person who found the carcass.
Sir Edward said: “This raised questions to do with the transportation and licensing of the animal products coming into the plant.
“The problems caused by smell and noise emanating from JG Pears’s plant are long-standing. I have met the managers and even raised the matter in the House of Commons but there clearly is more that needs to be done.
“The replies I have had show this is being taken seriously and I look forward to seeing the results of the various investigations.”
A spokesman for the Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency said: “We are aware of the issue in Market Harborough related to animal material found in the road.
“We are working with trading standards to investigate.”
David Bull, head of the county council’s trading standards team, said: “We are aware of the case and we will work with other agencies in carrying out enquiries.
“Part of our remit in trading standards is the disposal of animal bi-products and enforcement action will be taken if deemed necessary.”
Alistair Collins, operations director for JG Pears, told the Mail there was no evidence to suggest it had come from their factory and added: “We are aware of the investigation and will work with all the authorities involved and give all the help we can.”