Blue Glowing Pork Meat Found In Shanghai

Glowing blue pork in China.

From NetEase & KDS:

Shanghai city resident purchased “blue glow pork”, both surprised and afraid

Miss Chen the purchased a kilogram of pork from a wet market on Yang Gao North Road the day before yesterday. That night her family used a portion of that pork to make dumplings together. Afterward, she placed the leftover pork on a small table in the kitchen. At 11pm, Miss Chen got out of bed to use the toilet, and suddenly noticed a faint blue glow coming from the kitchen, and that the bright blue glow was coming from the pork itself!

Glowing blue pork in China.

Glowing pork

In order to be sure she wasn’t seeing things, Miss Chen woke up her family to look at this piece of strange meat together. The pork glowed in the dark but returned to “normal” in the morning. Both astonished and afraid, Miss Chen’s family did not dare to eat from this piece of pork again.

Yesterday afternoon, this reporter rushed to Miss Chen’s home and saw this piece of glowing pork. This reporter noticed that the remaining 500+ gram of pork was in the shape of a strip, with more lean meat than fat, and though it had already been purchased for over a day, there was no peculiar smell.

This reporter, through multiple tests in the dark and light, truly did see the pork emit a faint blue light, that apart from the pig’s skin, the entire piece of pork was suffused with blue light, and a faint blue glow could also be seen on fingers that had handled the pork. This reporter afterward intentionally washed this piece of pork with water and again checked in a dark place, but the pork still emitted a blue glow, only just slightly more faint.

Chinese glowing pork.

The glowing phenomenon may be caused by bacteria

This reporter got a hold of two food experts on the phone. Regarding this, the experts response was that they have never seen pork emitting light, that it may have been caused by bacteria, that the pork needs to be tested, and further observation, research, and analysis is required before anything can be confirmed.

A piece of pork emitting a blue glow in the dark.

Changsha “blue glow pork” is caused by glowing bacterium

Last year in February, Changsha city residents one after another discovered that the pork they had purchased from supermarkets emitted a blue glow at night. After this phenomenon was reported by the media, the Changsha Food Safety Commission mobilized the efforts of the business, livestock, industry and commerce, health, and other departments and at the same time invited experts and professors to participate in the investigation. Through scientific bacteria cultivation separation, experts discovered “blue glow pork” was caused by secondary bacterial contamination.

Bacteria that glows blue on a piece of pork and a Chinese person's hands.

Food experts say it is safe to eat

Shanghai Health Supervision Department food experts say the pork that has been contaminated by phosphorescent bacteria is still safe to consume after cooking and heating.

Also on ifeng and circulating on Chinese social networks like Kaixin001.

Comments from NetEase:


This is water-injected meat! Unscrupulous dealers are adding phosphorous into the feed, as phosphorous has strong absorption ability, so this kind of pork will glow at night. If the relevant departments are unable to explain even this kind of phenomenon, how can they be expected to supervise and control!!!?


Civil servants [public servants, government officials] have already become a collective burden for this society. Their harm [to society] is even greater than blue pork.


Avatar is not a legend.


The poor glowing pig.


Could it be a Japanese pig that has been irradiated?


New breed: Avatar pig.


A bunch of imbeciles, blue pork meat has appeared many years ago, definitely caused by contamination, cannot be eaten, even worse than good that has gone bad!


A lot of the front lines of production are so dirty as to be frightening! No one to supervise or ask question, so why is it that there are so many strange diseases now? All because of germs/bacteria!

Comments from KDS::


Makes a pretty good night light.


Godly pig.


The taste must be pretty good.


Hurry and eat it…then your JJ will be able to glow too.


You got a good deal, you got Avatar meat.

What do you think? Would you dare eat it? What is the strangest or most shocking thing you have discovered in food you have purchased?


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