Just when you started getting over your fear of “pink slime” another report comes out. This time Los Angeles television station KABC-TV is reporting about the issue of “meat glue.”
“Meat glue” known officially as transglutaminase, is a powered enzyme that was first derived from animal blood. Currently it is made by fermenting bacteria. When sprinkled over pieces of meat it forms an invisible bond and can be used to pass off cheaper cuts of meat to look like more expensive whole pieces.
The U.S Food and Drug Administration considers transglutaminase as safe but personally after watching the video I can’t say I want it in my food. It won’t stop me from eating red meat but it is frustrating to know there are so many substances like this that could be in your food without your knowledge.
What do you think? Is this an issue or a perfectly acceptable practice and a possible way to prevent food waste? Let us know in the comments below.