Senator Asks USDA to Investigate 'Meat Glue'
Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) has sent to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) a letter concerning the use of ‘meat glue’ (transglutaminase) in restaurants and the health risks it may pose to consumers.
Meat glue is used to hold together disparate parts of meat products to form a larger piece of meat. Some food suppliers, restaurants, and banquet facilities will provide steak, such as filet mignon, that was actually composed of different meat parts glued together by transglutaminase. Senator Lieu is asking the USDA to thoroughly investigate the industry’s use of meat glue, the possible dangers posed by meat glue, and how consumers can be warned that they are eating glued meat.
More information on the issue and a copy of Senator Lieu’s letter can be found here.