Glow in the Dark Pork for Dinner

(Image via Chinasmack)

Food safety has once again made it into the top of the headlines in China, as a Shanghai woman noticed a faint blue glow emitting from some pork she had bought from the local wet market.

This isn’t the first time residents have been seeing blue. According to Shanghai Daily, last year in February, a number of Changsha residents discovered that the pork they had purchased from supermarkets began to emit a blue glow at night.

After the media caught wind of things, the Changsha Food Safety Commission invited experts to weigh in on the investigation whom said that the “blue glow pork” was caused by secondary bacterial contamination.

Shanghai Health Department food experts also agreed that the blue pork was contaminated by bacteria-phosphorescent bacteria to be exact, which originates in the sea, and is also sometimes found in fish. But the Shanghai food experts also emphasized that the blue pork is still safe to eat once it has been cooked.

In a time, where many Chinese residents are weary of their government’s handling and enforcing of food regulations, I think it’s important to see how China handles incidents such as blue pork. Given the tense political situation China finds itself in currently in lieu of the Jasmine Revolution and other uprisings, it would be in their best interests to keep the public as happy as they can especially with something as important as food.

About Kristie

Kristie Hang holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Communication Studies and Asian Humanities and is currently finishing her Masters in the Broadcast Journalism program at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, she has lived in Hong Kong, traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, and studied in Beijing at Tsinghua University as part of the Interuniversity Program for Advanced Chinese Studies. In addition to her current positions as a News Contributor at Annenberg Digital News and a Video Journalist with Annenberg Television News, her media experience includes internships with MTV Networks, CNN International, as well as with the Asia Pacific Institute, where she reported on Asian and Asian-American arts and entertainment. She also enjoys writing about food and travel at her blog, "I Eat Therefore I Am" ( She is fluent in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin and whatever is left from four years of spanish.
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