Monday, May 7, 2012

1st There was Pink Slime....Now Introducing "Meat Glue"

I'm not even a meat eater, but I celebrated with my meat eating bretheren when the battle over Pink Slime was won by the citizens of the U.S. But, just when you thought it was safe to eat meat again, the meat industry hits you with another meat abomination; this time it's called Meat Glue. Basically it's fusing pieces of meat together using a chemical called transglutaminase. Transglutaminase produces a problem for some individuals in itself. According to,
"Transglutaminase (TG) is an enzyme which is widely distributed in nature, and is composed of simple amino acid chains, and has been studied by many researchers for food use around the world. ACTIVA® TG is produced through fermentation process which is similar to making beer, wine and cheese, using conventional microorganisms."
Sounds ok but here is where it gets tricky, transglutaminase is derived from beef and pork blood plasmas which is a problem for religions who abstain from pork consumption. That means people who have a religous obligation to stay away from pork have been or are consuming pork without knowing (if they aren't careful). There is also some concern over the amount of potential bacteria contained between the pieces of meat glued together. This is particularly important for those who prefer to eat meat rare. Check out the video below for more information:

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