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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.