Skip to comments.China: Mystery of the 'glowing' pork(blue glow in the dark)
Posted on 04/12/2011 6:39:32 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Mystery of the 'glowing' pork
BLUE pork, now that sounds tasty.
A Shanghai resident found the pork she bought was giving off a "blue fluorescence" at night.
Food safety experts said the blue light may have been caused by a photobacterium that contaminated the pork. They added that the pork would not harm people's health if it was well cooked.
The resident surnamed Chen, who lives in Gaohang Town in the Pudong New Area, bought a kilogram of pork from a market on Yanggao Road N. on Tuesday.
She used some of the pork to make dumplings that night and put the remainder on a table in the kitchen.
When she went to the bathroom at 11pm, she saw a "vague blue light" in the kitchen. She turned on the light but didn't see anything unusual. When she turned off the light, the blue light re-appeared. She tried to touch the light and found it was emanating from the pork.
Chen, thinking the light was reflecting off the meat, moved the pork to a darker place but found it was still "glowing."
She washed the pork with water, but it still gave off the blue light.
The pork looked normal the next morning after giving off light all night.
The family didn't eat the meat in fear something was wrong and it would make them sick, Chen said.
"We want to know what was wrong with the pork," Chen told the Shanghai Morning Post.
Gu Zhenhua, an officer with the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration, said the pork may have been contaminated by a photobacterium during slaughter, transport or selling. Such a luminescence is also found in fish sometimes because the bacteria originally comes from the sea, Gu said.
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Maybe the pork was imported from Japan.
My husband was served a steak in a Cracker Barrel restaurant that looked blue in the daylight. Their food comes to them from a central location (China?) already cooked and all they do is warm it up. (as told to us by the server). He didn’t eat it and we aren’t going back there.
It is possible that the place is off limit to Geiger counters.:-)
LOL. Cracker Barrel is off limits to Mr and Mrs. Ditter!
It makes it easier to eat in the evening during rolling blackouts - you can find your food in the dark.
Wow! Thanks for posting... really makes you wonder “where does our food come from?” Scary stuff.
I guess doing my own butchering has more benefits then just cost!
Wonder if it’s the reason pork is not used in the middle east?,mayby they saw it happen looooong ago?.
[ Maybe the pork was imported from Japan. ]
Big difference between Biolumenescence and radiative glowing.