Meat gives out blue florescent glow, reason unknown

| December 12th, 2011


(From Sohu) “It is the first time in my life seeing a piece of meat glowing in the dark.” Mr Li from Sichuan Province told the press, “we have already eaten half of it, I am worried.” With his concern in mind, Mr Li bought it up to the meat vendor from the market who defended that all his products are from certified butchers. The meat do come with quarantine stamp on.

Mr Li bought 1 kilo of meat on Dec 4th, he didn’t put it into the freezer since the temperature is already very low. At the night of Dec 7th, he hung the meat by his bedroom wall to keep it from the cat only to be scared by the florescent blue glow of the meat in the middle of the night. “I woke up and saw there is a small area of blue glowing by the wall, vague but scary. I turned on the light immediately and saw the meat hanging there.” He couldn’t believe his eyes so he woke up his wife and turned the light on again, and they both convinced that it was the meat that’s glowing in the dark.

Dec 11st, reporter came to Mr Li’s. First he put the meat in the dark, and witnessed again what Mr Li had seen. The reporter then came to doubt that the meat was paint with florescent powder. But after a few washes, the meat still gave out blue glow. Moreover, the meat glowed even brighter in the dark after exposing to strong light.

The vendor was equally surprised when confronted with the meat. He said: “My meat are all freshly wholesaled from standard butchers in Dahongmen, I have never heard of meat glowing in the dark.” Another meat vendor Mr Liu with more than 10 years experience in his field also found the case bizarre. Reporter then interviewed a dozen customers that were buying meat, only one of which replied to have seen glowing cooked meat.

Reporter then contacted the Animal Quarantine Inspection Station of Tongzhou District. An official speculated that the glowing meat might be attributed pig-feed with too much phosphorus which accumulates in the meat, “or the meat might have been contaminated with some sort of florescent bacteria that come from the cutting knife. The wastes of these bacteria are the glowing material.”

An official from Industry and Commerce Department of Fengtai District said they often heard about netizens complaining about florescent meat, but they couldn’t find out the reason so far. “We heard that some inspection station have tested this kind of meat, which turns out to be okay.”

12 Comments | Leave a comment | Comment feed

  1. Jason says:

    ah……. china again

  2. Jean Luc says:

    Before your head overheats, read this:

  3. Huzhang says:

    There’s already been many cases like this, it’s just some bacteria

  4. Matt says:

    @korean_guy: Mate, you’re such an idiot – for so many different reasons.

  5. huh says:

    That’s not fluorescence, it’s phosphorescence.

  6. Augis says:

    Umm… that piece of meat looks more like a jewelry. Very shiny!

  7. dongshizhang says:

    this is a fascinating chinese innovation on meat

  8. Tony Neville says:

    And the answer is….. Pseudomonas fluorescens bacteria!

    The last time I saw anything like it was in tinned cat-food many years ago.

  9. Donald says:

    Cool Nice post Becky , You fgorot to mention about the Spam comments & the duplicate comments

  10. Xiao lo says:

    I am more surprised about the ‘it was cold so I put my meat up on the wall’ Bacteria disease.

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