A man living in Tongzhou District in Beijing this week reports a story very similar to that of a Pudong woman in April: after purchasing a chunk of meat from a local vegetable market, he later discovered that it was glowing blue in the dark!
The man, surnamed Li, purchased the meat on December 4 from a vendor who insisted it came from the same meat wholesaler used by all vendors in the Dahongmen area. A few days later, when Li hung the meat in his bedroom to keep it from the cat (once the temperature drops below like 15 degrees C all pretense of proper refrigeration seem to evaporate in China), he noticed an eery blue glow coming from the wall.
Reporters have since visited his home to see it for themselves, noting that they cannot rinse it off, and that the light actually gets stronger after being exposed to brighter light.
As was the case back in April, there aren’t really any verifiable explanations for the disturbing fluorescent phenomenon. Some say it could be due to an excess of phosphorus in the pig feed, or more likely contamination by a fluorescent bacteria.
The latter was the explanation offered when something similar happened in Australia in 2005, immediately naming pseudomonas fluorescens bacteria as the culprit. Funny, those assurances don’t seem to be forthcoming in China.