Appetites have been thrown into question since the release of a Frankenstein meat video (see below) showing a slab of ‘beef’ appearing to pulsate.
The twitching of the raw meat came after a Chinese woman, Ms Chen came to notice a slab of meat she had bought ‘pulsating’ an hour after purchasing the meat.
According to a report via the People’s Daily Online the woman who lives in Shandong province, was about to cut the raw steak when she noticed the slab of meat appearing to still be alive.
A 20-second clip shows the entire slab of beef appearing to twitch as it sits on a work surface.
Told the woman: ‘It looks like it is still alive, or that there are worms or something inside. However when I cut it open I didn’t find any worms, just twitching.’
Lv Suwen, an expert at the local animal health department, said that the spasms were caused by nerve endings that had not died yet.
Offered the expert: ‘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.’
Ms Cheng said she bought the meat at 8am and began to cut it at 9am, yet questions remain as to when the meat came to be butchered.
Ms Lv would go on to say according to the dailymail that it was unlikely that the meat had been tampered with: ‘From my many years of experience, I have never encountered this type of tampering.
‘Using medicine or other means to make muscles twitch is unnecessary”.
The footage has amassed more than 11 million clicks on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, since being uploaded on Friday.
Some users have commented that the pulsating was a sign of ‘freshness’.
Officials from the animal health department said the meat was safe to eat.
Nevertheless an Australian butcher, Chris Martin, of Lucas Meats in Sydney has called ‘fake’ on the video, saying that meat could only still be moving if it was cut within 90 seconds of slaughtering the animal.
‘When an animal is killed there will often be involuntary spasms,’ says Martin, adding that the window for this kind of phenomenon to occur is tiny.
What do you think? Isn’t it time you got to reckon with an extra tingly sensation during your next dinner?