A slab of beef was found with a throbbing “heartbeat” after a woman opened the package soon after buying it from the store.
The Daily Mail reports that a woman in China discovered the meat twitching and pulsating as soon as she put it on the cutting board. Needless to say, she freaked out.
The video seen below was posted on Weibo last Friday, which is the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.
People’s Daily Online first reported on the disturbing discovery. What was actually taking place was spasms from nerve-endings that hadn’t died yet after the animal was slaughtered.
The central nervous system of the animal was dead, but the other nerves hadn’t died yet, and that’s why it was still having visible spasms. It wasn’t mentioned how “fresh” the cut of meat actually was. Was the animal butchered the same day Ms. Cheng purchased the meat in the Shandong province?
Cheng thought the pulsating slab of meat looked as if it “was still alive, or that there are worms or something inside.” She said when she cut it open that she “didn’t find any worms, just twitching.”
Lv Suwen is an expert at the local animal health department and explains that the spasms were caused by nerve endings that had not died yet.
“You can rest assured, this piece of meat is very fresh and is from a freshly slaughtered animal.
“The central nervous system is dead but the nerve endings in the muscles are still firing resulting in the jumping, because the nerves are not yet dead. This will stop after a short time.”
Cheng said she purchased the throbbing beef around 8 a.m. and began cutting into it around 9 a.m. Lv adds that it was unlikely that the meat had been tampered with. From her “many years of experience,” she has never come across that type of tampering.
“Using medicine or other means to make muscles twitch is unnecessary,” Lv said.
The pulsating beef has received over 11 million views on Weibo.
It was noted in the report that other health department officials confirmed that it was safe to eat the twitchy meat. Whether or not Cheng decided to keep the cut of meat wasn’t revealed, but it would be enough to turn anyone off to meat. In the U.S., it’s not typical to see meat in stores so soon after the animal is slaughtered. A sight like this would surely alarm consumers!
[Image via CCTV News video screenshot]