Ever wonder what happens to the scraps of unused meats in butcher shops? Well apparently, their glued back together to form what looks like a prime cut, with a substance called transglutaminase, also known as “meat glue”.
The practice is widespread around the world, including the U.S., and many researchers believe that the amount of bacteria in cuts fused together with meat glue are significantly higher than natural cuts.
Would you buy (or eat) meat if you knew it was fused together with meat glue? The good news is that you do have a choice, if you look at the labels close enough.
The USDA requires that any cut of meat that has been modified must list transglutaminase in the ingredients and must also be labeled as “reformed meat.”