He had purchased 92 pounds of pork for around 600 yuan ($91) to make sausages.
After cutting up the meat and adding kimchi salt to it, Jian placed it in a bucket to marinate overnight on Jan. 4.
When he woke up the next morning at 5 a.m. to get a cup of water, however, he found that there was a blue glow emanating from the bucket.
“In darkness, the bucket of pork looked like fireflies,” he said.
Food and drug administration officials who tested the meat said the the blue light may have been caused by high levels of phosphorus in the pigs’ diet. According to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, although phosphorus is a “vital nutrient for pig growth,” they do “ not always digest it well.”
This isn’t the first time meat purchased by a Chinese consumer made unusual headlines. In June of last year, a woman from Shandong Province found the raw steak she had purchased twitching after she brought it home from the butcher.