Meat Glue: The New Pink Slime (Video)

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Most of you remember 'pink slime' don't you? That nasty little recipe that was being used by many fast food restaurants and passed off as straight up beef to us ignorant folk?

Well, there's another very popular and equally anonymous food product ingredient, "meat glue," that you should know about.

It isn't made with anything as offensive as ammonia (as is pink slime). Meat glue is a bonding agent made from clotting cells in pig and cow blood. Some is produced by cultivating bacteria. Meat glue is used to make less than stellar bits bond together and form one, more attractive piece of meat. Companies sprinkle the white powder onto scraps, wrap the entire mess in plastic, and refrigerate it for a few hours -- what comes out looks like one nice, solid tenderloin. Voíla! Instant steaks...or chicken breasts...or fish.

Meat glue is used to make the unnatural look natural. We all know that there is really no such thing as a boneless wing or boneless rib. That tasty little morsel might be made from scraps that were glued together.

Its use was banned across the European Union last year and is mostly known about due to an Australian video that went viral, shown here:

Besides the fact that we should know whether we are being served an authentic prime filet or a bunch of scraps glued together, some people really need to know: vegans and vegetarians. The stuff is used in such products as tofu and yogurt. If you've dedicated your life to being meat-free, how much would it upset you to find out that your tofu burger had pig's blood in it? Same goes for Jews and Muslims, who don't eat pork for religious reasons.

This isn't happening only in restaurants. Our local supermarkets are selling this stuff too. It's possible the roast beef, ham, bologna, and pastrami that you're buying from the Publix deli is made with meat glue.

I appreciate when readers send me stuff (thanks for that copy of Tomatoland!), but the more I learn about the food industry, the more I want to move to the Redland and grow my own...everything.

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I'd like to reply to the two who wrote the first comments. For your information, it was just a few days ago that the news channels were reporting about the "meat glue" being used in meat. Not that it matters, as the reporter correctly explained.It's  sad that you find yourselves to be so distraught about this article as to get personal and Attempt to put the writer down. You only sound like pathetic wanna-be-writers.Publix is one of the best places in the world to shop for groceries, so don't even go there, concerned reader, or you are going to give the impression you are not concerned at all. I've been buying groceries in Publix for over 30 years and they are very clean, nice to their customers, have great specials and are always helping the community.

I suspect that you two are frustrated writers who don't have anything else to do but gripe and even that you can't do right. 

How sad.


Holy shit. did you just compare the rise of hitler to the use of meat glue in restaurants? Like the poster above said, do you know of any restaurtant in the miami area that passes off glued meat as a true filet?  instead of being an alarmist, why not put forth some actual facts. "It;s possible the roast beef, ham, bologna, and pastrami that you're buying from the Publix deli is made with meat glue" do you have any real information backing that up?  what it comes down to, is you read one or two articles on this stuff, and decided to throw something sensational out there. how about going back and doing some real journalism. find sources where meat glue is actually being used. identify the yogurt and tofu products out there that use "meat glue". instead of just saying, well, there is meat glue in the world. watch out. 


This is a recycled bit of alarmist nonsense that (1) is already a year old; and (2) is rife with inaccuracy.

As just one example: the E.U. has not banned "meat glue" - it has banned one particular type of product (derived from thrombin), but transglutaminase (that's the actual name for "meat glue") is used throughout Europe.I'd love for you to identify a single instance of a grocery store, butcher or restaurant in South Florida that has served "a bunch of scraps glued together" and called it "an authentic prime filet." TG can be, and is, derived from plant as well as animal sources, so the notion of pig's blood in your tofu or yogurt is really just more alarmist nonsense.If you'd really like to learn about "meat glue" I'd encourage you to read this from the French Culinary Institute.

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

No, I used the Nazi Germany example to illustrate the fact that the 'timeliness' of news is irrelevant.It is a FACT that it is used in deli meats, tofu, yogurt, pizza toppings, and a bunch of other items. The article I linked to has a list -- it is from a company that distributes TG and includes photos of 'steaks.' 'burgers,' and so on made with meat glue. The link has an incorrect domain, but Google Chrome directed me to the right page.

I write a blog, not journal entries for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. I include facts and links to where more information can be found within my limited word count. It is also up to the reader to do further research if they feel so compelled. I don't think any rational person expects to get all their information from one blog post. I know that when I come across such info, I research it to ascertain its validity and also to protect myself from possible dangers. I apologize for not having the time to do your research for you.

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Good morning Frodnesor,Whether news is a year old or a day old doesn't really matter if the information is 'news' to most people. You do know that the rest of the world wasn't aware of what Hitler was doing in Germany until it had been going on for a while, right? Should we have ignored the news when we found out because it wasn't fresh? That's one of the silliest ideas I've ever heard.

As for the rest of your comment:

1. The fact that meat glue is transglutaminase is stated in the article I linked to in the  second paragraph.2. The product banned was a form of meat glue, therefore meat glue was banned, although perhaps not all forms yet. I culled that information from a legitimate news source. I'll have to do more research.3. The fact that meat glue can be derived from different means is something I mention in the article. I never stated that it ONLY comes from the clotting properties in animal blood. In fact, I clearly state that it can also come from bacteria.4. The fact is that even though it can be made from a few different means does not mean that it commonly is. Most companies tend to take the easiest and cheapest route, so animal blood in yogurt and tofu is not an 'alarmist' concept--it's a reality.5. As for your link to "this from the French Culinary Institute" -- you mean the blog piece written by a proponent of meat glue? I'm going to have to go Miami on this one. Like, super biased, bro. If you linked me to some better, objective sources, then I'd pay more attention.

Regardless, people should know exactly what they put in their bodies. And words like reformed, formed, transglutaminase, and enzyme are not understood by everyone. 

Thanks for the comment. 


You are right. I apologize for thinking I could get actual information from this blog, Not just a slightly recycled and reworded article from a year ago. really, why even write the article. just post that link up above and call it a day. with a simple title, "meat glue bad, read this article."

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

What a well thought out retort, lol. 

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