French health inspectors got a surprise when they visited a market and eatery outside Paris Tuesday night.
During a routine check, inspectors uncovered a pot of curious meat boiling on a stove of the Aubervilliers store. Upon further investigation, the officers discovered the contents of the pot were actually a caterpillar stew.
According to the Agence France-Presse, inspectors tossed three hundred kilos (about 661 pounds) of the meat when they could not determine its origin. French police later closed the shop, citing hygiene violations.
Local French-language media described the store as an African grocery that was licensed to only sell drinks and take-out dishes, according to translations by The Huffington Post.
Caterpillar stew may seem like an odd choice of cuisine. However, as noted by English-language French news site The Local, dishes containing caterpillar meat are quite common in some African countries.