Have You Ever Eaten Glued Meat Or Pink Slime? You Probably Have!

This lovely Filet Mignon may not be pure beef.  It could be Glued Meat!
This lovely Filet Mignon may not be pure beef. It could be Glued Meat! | Source

I Became Ill After Eating A Beautiful Juicy Steak

I had dinner out at an upscale restaurant with a daughter the other night. I ate a delicious filet mignon. About 2 a.m. I was awakened by a severe stomach ache followed by diarrhea.

I can usually eat anything without getting an upset stomach. My children envy the fact I never take any antacids the way they do. They say I have a stomach made of iron!

So, in the wee hours, in between running to the bathroom, I began researching symptoms and causes of my sudden illness. I knew if I was not better by morning, I’d have to see my doctor. Oh, the pain!!

I hesitate to blame the restaurant for my illness, but I believe I ate glued meat!

I discovered several references to the subject of Glued Meat, and how the enzyme that is used in the process of making glued meat, is making people sick. Some people can be allergic to the substance used in gluing pieces of cheap meat together to make one nice big steak. Some restaurants are using this method in order to improve the looks of cheap meat.

We now not only have to be concerned about the addition of GMO (genetically modified organisms) in our food, now there is this added concern.


This Is How Glued Meat Is Made

The process, begins with sprinkling an enzyme called a Transglutaminase enzyme, over small cuts of sometimes lesser-quality meat, and binding them together with the hands. This enzyme (meat glue) is a powdery substance made from an animal blood clotting agent.The meat is then rolled in plastic wrap and left refrigerated for 12 hours.

The rolled product is then sliced into a large piece of meat. This looks like a filet mignon, or a mouth watering sirloin steak!

Some processing plants use a mold to "glue" the small pieces of meat. Then the end product is removed from the mold and sliced.

It is this meat glue that is causing people to become ill. In many cases the people believe they have food poisoning!

This so-called “meat glue” is approved by the USDA and considered safe to eat.

If this meat is sold in our supermarkets the label must inform the consumer by using the term “reformed”.

Restaurants are not obligated to inform their guests they are eating “glued meat”.

This allows chefs to sell the final product as a prime cut!


The Danger Of Eating Glued Meat

The so-called 'meat glue' has been used in American restaurants and the kitchens of banquet halls for decades. During the slaughter, production, packaging and shipping of meat, the area that is most likely to be contaminated is the exterior. The majority of the time, that bacteria is killed off when the meat is cooked.

Because steak made from "glued meat" is created using many multiple pieces, it essentially compresses the exteriors of various slices, and those exteriors become the new interiors of the final product. As a result, the meat may not be fully cooked on the inside when the new piece of steak is cooked.

People like myself who enjoys their steak on the rare side are especially at risk because the middle of the cut of meat will not be cooked thoroughly.

I wonder if cruise ships allow glued meat. Maybe that is why so many people become ill while on a cruise.


This photo shows what a piece of Glued Meat looks like before it is  sliced into a Filet Mignon.  It has many pieces of lesser quality of meat glued together to form this lovely steak.
This photo shows what a piece of Glued Meat looks like before it is sliced into a Filet Mignon. It has many pieces of lesser quality of meat glued together to form this lovely steak. | Source

I May Now Become A Vegetarian!

Just knowing about glued meat, and how it is made, has made me really think more about becoming a vegetarian! I would miss my T-Bone and Sirloins, but I don't care to eat glued meat.

Now that you are aware of Glued Meat, there is another additive that can be used to make ground beef more visually appealing and extends the final amount.

This method is known as “Pink Slime”, and it is also approved by the USDA as safe!



Just looking at this Steak makes my mouth water, but I will not order it in a restaurant any longer!
Just looking at this Steak makes my mouth water, but I will not order it in a restaurant any longer! | Source

Learn Now About Pink Slime

As of March 2012, 70 percent of ground beef sold in the United States supermarkets contained pink slime. Boneless beef trimmings are heated to 107-109 degrees. This melts the fat from the trimmings. The beef is then removed by centrifugal force, and then is treated to a gaseous ammonium hydroxide.

The end product is now ready to be shipped to supermarkets, restaurants, school cafeterias, or fast food stores. This “pink slime” will then be added to ground beef.


Lovely Hamburgers, aren't they?  They could have Pink Slime added to them before they were purchased!
Lovely Hamburgers, aren't they? They could have Pink Slime added to them before they were purchased! | Source

One Of The Largest Fast Food Restaurants Admitted They Used Pink Slime

McDonalds was accused several years ago of adding pink slime to their burgers and chicken nuggets. They have admitted they did use this addition between 2004 and 2011. They deny using any pink slime now!

I can't help but wonder if other fast food restaurants are still using this pink slime.

This child is eating a healthy lunch; NO ground beef here!
This child is eating a healthy lunch; NO ground beef here! | Source

Pink Slime Has Been Used In Our Public Schools

Because of public outcry and concern, thousands of schools across the U.S. rushed last year to stop feeding their students meat that contained the ammonia-treated beef, known by industry as Pink Slime. This was good news to all parents!

Now we find some states are once again are serving pink slime. Schools in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas have changed their positions and are now allowing the controversial product. starting in the 2013-2014 school year!, It’s no wonder: Adding this pink slime to ground beef brings down the cost of the ground beef by about 3 percent, which can add up quickly in a program that feeds more than 31 million school children each day.

One can’t blame the school systems who are under severe budget cuts from trying to cut back on their food budgets, but I cannot agree with this position.

In my state of Florida, a bill was introduced in 2013 asking Congress to completely outlaw this use to all our schools; however, the bill died the same year! As far as I know, no other bill has been introduced.


What Are We Consumers Do?

We consumers are at the mercy of the people who prepare our food. I am concerned not just for the meat we eat, but because of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) and its effect on our food supply.

So what are we to do?? Unless we can raise our own cows, pigs and chickens, and grow our own vegetables, we will continue to be vulnerable to the dangers of the foods that are available to us.

The next time you want to order a sirloin steak in a restaurant, I would advise you to inquire of the wait staff or a manager if their meat has be glued.

P.S. They may not tell you the truth!!

I believe there are at least two dangers when we consume glued meat or pink slime:

1. We could be allergic (sensitive) to the enzyme that make up the glue used in the finished product.

2. The interior of the meat could harbor E. Coli or many other pathogens that could lead to serious illness or death!

I hope you will take the time to watch this video. It explains in detail just how small pieces of meat are glued into a roll, then cut into what looks like a perfect Filet.

After the Filet is cooked, it is impossible to tell which is glued meat. When compared to a real cooked steak, it even tastes the same!

Now that you are aware of Glued Meat/Pink Slime, would you eat it?

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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

Great information, Mary. I was already aware of it. We buy our meet from a local butcher who we have known for years, so we feel pretty good about the meat we eat. I think quite a few people will be surprised by the information in this article.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

I voted up, useful, and interesting, but I would really like to add horrifying! I've been a meat eater all my life and this truly horrifies me. Is anything safe to eat anymore? How could any restaurant tamper with filet mignonette of all things!!

Thank you for this well needed heads up.


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Peggy W 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

I am REALLY glad to know that at least in grocery stores the meat that is glued has to be labeled "reformed" so that we have a choice whether to purchase it or not. This is disheartening! Unbelievable to me that we have not followed Europe's lead in banning this potentially deadly practice! UUI votes and will tweet, G+, pin and share.


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Jackie Lynnley 21 months ago from The Beautiful South

How awful for you Mary! It is a reason to become vegetarian for sure! Rare meat doesn't tempt me thankfully but I think it would be wise for most of us to trim meat all we can from our menus as often as we can, if not for good. The picture will probably not get any better!

Thanks for sharing and making us aware of this!

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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH Yuck...I may completely return to my vegetarian ways....that is just awrful, Mary.

It oughta' be against the law!!!

Voted up++++ and shared EVERYONE needs to read this.

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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

Glued meat is new to me. I had no idea they did that to meat. I think being a vegetarian is healthy. I eat mostly turkey and chicken. I made chili yesterday using turkey and it was really good. I guess the only safe way to eat is to grow your own food like in the olden days. Sorry you were sick. I don't think I'll eat out for sometime...Phew...


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, billybuc You are lucky to have a local butcher you trust! Yes, this was certainly a surprise for me, too! Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, tillsontitan Yes, it is horrifying to learn what can legally be added to our food supply like meat glue! There is just no way of knowing what we eat anymore. I seldom buy steak to prepare at home, but I enjoyed a nice juicy filet when I would go out!

Thanks for the votes and the comment, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

HI, Peggy W I never saw meat in the grocery store labelled "reformed", but maybe I just wasn't looking!! Interesting that Europe has banned the practice of using glued meat. I think we should do the same.

Thanks for the votes, and all the shares; I appreciate that. Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Jackie Lynnley I have almost cut out eating beef, and am trying to eat more turkey and chicken, but I sure enjoyed a nice steak when I'd go out to dinner.

I am trying to spread the word of the possible dangers of eating glued meat, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

pstraubie48 hi, there, I think it should be against the law to serve glued meat, but the government says it is perfectly safe for us to consume. I am very concerned that our school children can eat hamburger meat that has been glued!

Thanks for sharing my article so others may become aware of this practice. Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, always exploring Oh, yes...there are many other things that are being done to our food supply that if we knew of, we would be very surprised, I'm sure! Yes, wouldn't it be nice to raise our own beef and grow our own veggies??

I so seldom go out to eat, and I was very unhappy about being sick, that's for sure! I am trying to eat turkey and chicken, too. Mary


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LongTimeMother 21 months ago from Australia

Hello Mary. Thanks for warning us. Have you contacted the restaurant to ask if they use glued meat or pink slime? And to give them feedback? Irrespective of their answer to your questions, I believe you should tell them how ill you were.

Sharing this hub to help warn others.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, LongTimeMother I called the restaurant the next morning to let them know how sick I was. The manager said no one else had called to complain. When I asked if they served glued meat, he denied it. I expected he would!

Thanks for reading and for sharing this information, Mary


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ChitrangadaSharan 21 months ago from New Delhi, India

This is quite informative and thanks for warning others about it!

I hope you are fine now. Normally we buy fresh meat or other non vegetarian stuff from the market. Frozen food has preservatives and that doesn't suit my family.

In any case eating more and more vegetarian food is the best option.

Thanks for sharing and voted up!


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, ChitrangadaSharan I'm glad you found this info about glued meat informative, thank you. Oh, I agree; it's better to just avoid eating red meat, and I am on my way to becoming a vegetarian!

Thanks for reading, commenting, and the votes, Mary


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida

Mary, this is gross and scary! I very rarely order meat when I go to a restaurant; I try to order dishes I don't normally make at home. However, now I will pay better attention and ask questions. If the meat glue is so toxic as to be harmful when inhaled, why on Earth would the USDA approve it for ingestion? Unbelievable!

I find it quite distressing that Florida didn't pass the bill. Why does our country insist on making us sick?

I'll be sure to look for "reformed" on meat packages when I buy meat at the grocery store.

Thanx for this very informative article. Sharing, for sure!


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, bravewarrior The more research I did when writing this article, the more upset I became!! I think it all comes down to profits. By stretching the meat by gluing small pieces together to make a nice big piece, that means more money for the restaurants, and it is perfectly OK with the USDA! I am very disturbed this "Pink Slime" is being served in our schools.

I'm glad you found this article informative, and thanks for sharing, Mary


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carol7777 21 months ago from Arizona

This is the first time I have heard of this. Did you contact the restaurant? I love meat but it has truly lost is appeal. Great hub and thanks for sharing this.


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Ruchira 21 months ago from United States

Sheesh! Glad I am a vegetarian ;)

Thanks for the information, Mary.

Sharing it across!


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JayeWisdom 21 months ago from Deep South, USA

Mary, this is a powerful hub (though I'm sorry you suffered illness to become aware of the tricky ploys used in all aspects of the food industry (including upscale restaurants) to increase their profits at the expense of Americans' health. In fact, I think you should not hesitate to blame the restaurant and contact the manager to report on the illness you suffered immediately after eating the "steak" you were served there. Put the manager on the "hot seat" and make him or her aware that shaving costs off food purchases while putting customers in danger will not be tolerated.

I will link this hub to mine about pink slime and the use of social media and petitions as methods of food safety activism, and you may link mine to this one since they're related. I've also added a new section to my hub which you may want to return and read. I've "got my dander up" (as my grandma used to say) about this issue, and it's become one of my main focuses for activism, especially because food additives are so dangerous for developing children.

Take care, stay well, and a plant-based diet (if organic) is healthy. If you choose to eat meat, you're better off buying grass-fed meat from a store like Whole Foods Market and preparing it yourself. I never eat at restaurants any more because I trust none of them.

Voted Up+++ and shared,

Jaye


bac2basics 21 months ago

It really is time the food industry stopped all this messing about with food, and just sold the product as it comes. I saw a video on the internet about this pink slime and it was just disgusting.


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Larry Rankin 21 months ago from Oklahoma

Very eye opening. Thanks for bringing glued meat and pink slime to light.


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PegCole17 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Bravo for writing about this topic, Mary. I read this with complete amazement and disgust that this practice is allowed. Even worse that it is allowed in restaurants without notifying the consumer. It's no wonder I've had so many instances of food poisoning when I have eaten out with another case of it last week. Sorry to hear you were sick, but glad you did this research.


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Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago

Oh! this makes my migraine worse, just reading about this. Hope you are better.

Good informative article, voted up UA and shared.


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colorfulone 21 months ago from Minnesota

I knew about this, but it does not make it less sickening to read about again. It is hard to believe the USDA approves of allowing this glue in meats, unless it is profitable for those who's pockets get filled. There is so much harmful additives in food in the US, additives that are banned in many other countries. - Well done article, Mary. Ups and shared.


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i didn't know there is such thing as glue meat, thanks


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Victoria Lynn 21 months ago from Arkansas, USA

That's so disgusting. Another reason for me to continue to save money by NOT eating out. Cooking at home is much safer. This makes me also want to find a place where I can buy freshly butchered meats. Can the meat in grocery stores even be trusted?


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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England

Hi mary, I am sorry that you were so ill, I had absolutely no idea about this! I tend to buy meat a lot, and sometimes it does look strange, as they mentioned in the video about old meat. As for the gluing process that's terrible! I will stick to veggie burgers from now on! Thanks for telling us, and I hope you feel better now, nell


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Jaye, I did speak to the manager of this "up-scale" restaurant, and of course, he denied they use glued meat. He gave me a gift certificate for a free dinner! I don't think so!

I re read your Hub, and made note of the book you mentioned. I have grandchildren now in our public school system, and I have warned their mothers not to allow them to eat in the cafeterias, but to make their lunches at home.

I no longer trust eating establishments either.

I have been making an effort to stop eating meat altogether.

Thanks for reading, the votes and the share. Yes, let's make more people aware of this problem, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, carol7777 I used to really enjoy a nice steak, and it is so unusual for me to spend the money for a steak, so I certainly resent it when I become ill from eating that steak!

So nice to see you today, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi,Ruchira You are a smart gal for being a vegetarian in many ways! I am working on that right now. I will miss my beef, but I do love veggies, etc.

Thanks for reading, and for sharing this info, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

HI, bac2basics I don't think the food industry will stop altering our food supply because it is too profitable for them! I'm very upset to learn that our school children are eating this pink slime.

I was looking on YouTube and it agree, some videos are really disgusting to watch, Thanks for reading, Mary


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Lady Guinevere 21 months ago from West Virginia

This is gross to the max. I am glad that I buy my beef from a local farmer. In facts as pricey as beef has become I rarely buy it anymore.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

HI, Larry Rankin I'm glad to spread the word about glued meat being added to our food supply. I'm on the "warpath" now to try and stop this practice! Thanks for the visit, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, PegCole17 I was certainly shocked when I learned that restaurants are not obligated to tell customers they are using glued meat!! So many people eat out, get sick, and never know what may have caused their illness!

It took me about three days to completely get over my illness. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Shyron E Shenko Sorry if my article made your migraine worse! Yes, I am fine now, but it took about three days to get over my illness.

Thanks for the votes and the share, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, colorfulone Yes, the practice of adding glued meat to the food supply means more profit, and that's what it's all about! I just don't understand why these are allowed in the US and yet are banned in other countries!

Thanks for reading, the votes and the share, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, peachpurple I'm so glad I have been able to make more people aware of this practice. I didn't know about it until I became ill., Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Victoria Lynn Yes, this practice is disgusting. There is just no way of knowing what else is added to our food supply without our knowing about it! I enjoy my steak, but I won't order it again if and when I go out. At least if this is sold in a grocery store, it has to be labelled as such.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Nell I wonder if this glued meat is allowed in England. It is not allowed in some other countries. Yes, you're smart to stick to veggie burgers; I'm going to stop eating beef, but I will miss it.

Yes, thanks, I'm OK now, but I was sick for three days!

Always good to see you, Mary


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JayeWisdom 21 months ago from Deep South, USA

Mary - I'm going to add these websites that will help your readers find local grass-fed, old-fashioned farm-raised beef, eggs from pastured hens and organic produce if they're interested in avoiding what comes from factory farms. I can't recall if HP doesn't like links in the comments sections, so I'll use DOT in place of the actual mark:

wwwDOTlocalharvestDOTorg

wwwDOTeatwildDOTcom

Jaye


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

Very interesting. I've heard of pink slime and probably ate it plenty. Meat glue is new to me. I read Dave, the butcher of many years about meat glue...he said, any thing is possible and it makes sense, waste not want not. I'm not a fan of restaurants, especially for steaks but thanks for the heads up! :)


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Thanks Jaye for adding those links to help readers find additional help. I will check them out.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Sunshine625 I had never heard of glued meat OR pink slime until I became ill. I used to enjoy a nice steak on the rare occasion I splurged and ate out; I don't order steak any more!

A couple of my kids worked in fast food places when they were in high school. They used to laugh and say, Oh, Mom, if you only knew the truth, you would never eat in them! Mary


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Lady Guinevere 21 months ago from West Virginia

My coment vanished. I said this was really gross to the max. I shared it too.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Lady Guinevere You are lucky to be able to buy your beef from a local farmer. Years ago, we would buy a side of beef from a local farmer. When I was growing up in country, we raised our own beef. We had no concerns then, but now I am concerned about this glued meat we are being fed. I'm becoming a vegetarian!

So nice to see you, Mary


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DeborahNeyens 21 months ago from Iowa

I've never heard of glued meat, but I definitely have heard of pink slime. I buy most of my meat these days from local producers. That way I know I am getting good quality meat and am helping small family farmers.


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Lady Guinevere 21 months ago from West Virginia

We eat lots of chicken. Chicken this and chicken that.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, DeborahNeyens, I had never heard of glued meat until I became so sick after eating the steak! You can't go wrong buying your meat from a local producer.

I checked out the link Jaye Wisdom included in her comment, and I was able to locate several local farmers here in our area. That was good info. Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi again, Lady Guinevere I'm even beginning to be afraid to order chicken in a restaurant. Using the method of glued meat, chicken is also a concern: not in the grocery stores because the chicken would have to be labelled as "reformed". I also buy a lot of chicken, but now I read the label.


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AliciaC 21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I've never heard of glued meat before. Thank you very much for sharing the information about glued meat and pink slime, Mary! This is definitely information that everyone who eats meat should know.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, AliciaC This was all new to me, too, and very shocking! I am afraid of eating glued meat now, and will just stay away from beef!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

I'm sorry you became ill. In 1995 I stopped eating red meat altogether (even though at that time I cooked and ate primarily red meat and loved the taste). I did it because I didn't feel I could go "cold turkey" on being a vegetarian but I could give up one animal's meat and that was the biggest sacrifice for me with the biggest health benefits. I've never looked back. At first, perhaps the first week to two, there were cravings and the smell alone made me hunger for it. Then ... nothing. On rare occasion I will accidentally ingest something when I'm not told it contains beef products. I can tell because it tastes like I am licking a rusty pan. You do have to make modifications to the diet with vitamins, but it's totally worth it. I don't have the health issues that my beef-eating relatives do. Good luck.


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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

Oh, bless your heart, Mary! That sounds horrible. I have never heard of glued meat. It is so strange that there is one supposedly nice steak restaurant they we've been to, and I am not going back because I believe they served glued steak. My husband did not have what I had, but after we arrived home, I was so sick to my stomach. I thought I just had too rich of a dessert. The next time we went, the same thing happened to me again! I am never going back there! Makes me sick to think about it.

Thank you for this eye-opener of a hub.

Up interesting and useful, tweeting, pinning and sharing


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

This is very disturbing Mary. I knew about the "pink lime" but not about the "glued meat". thank you for raising awareness of this disturbing trend. It constantly amazes me that people's health is continually traded for increased profits etc.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, FlourishAnyway I know I will miss my beef, but I'm trying now to give it UP!! Thanks for reading about glued meat, and your great comment. Becoming a vegetarian seems to be working in keeping you healthy.

I had already curtailed my beef consumption and was eating more chicken and fish, Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Faith Reaper. I have had other times when I would have a "belly ache" after a steak, but never became as ill as I did this time. I wonder how many other people get sick after eating a steak in a restaurant, and just pass it off just like you did as being caused by something else!

Thanks for reading about glued meat, the votes and the other shares. Maybe we can spread the word! Mary


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Jodah It would be interesting to know if Australia allows glued meat to be served in restaurants and in the public schools. I am learning that it is banned from many European countries.

Yes, it is amazing what these companies will do for increased profits, and our government allows it to happen.

Hope you have a great weekend, Mary


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poetryman6969 21 months ago

I try not to really think about what they could do to us if they really wanted. If you wanted to go full conspiracy theory then who knows exactly what the dentist is putting into your mouth? Could it trap you or trace you or control you? Does it have mercury or some other toxin in it?

And as for our food, since almost none of us grows and prepares our own food with our very own hands we are at the mercy of others when it comes to what is done to that food before it gets to us. My favorite conspiracy on that score is not meat like substances like the pink goo, but rather that they will replace the meat with texturized bug protein. You do know the United Nations is encouraging us all to eat more bugs, right?

I am always fascinated by food adulteration and food contamination stories like those stories about people being fed horse meat without their knowledge.

I guess would say that if the idea of mystery meat really bothers you then going vegetarian is your own realistic option.


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lisavanvorst 20 months ago from New Jersey

Thank you for writing this hub. I had never heard of this and would never eat it. Luckily my husband buys and knows all about this and buys our meat. Very informative.


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mary615 20 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, poetryman6969 You are so right; we consumers have no way of knowing what is added to our food supply. No, I was not aware of the United Nations encouraging us to eat bugs, but I'm not surprised. There is a lot of protein in bugs, I'm sure. Hey, chocolate covered grasshoppers is already a delicacy!

Yep, I'm working on becoming a vegetarian; I will not eat steak anymore when I go out to a restaurant.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 20 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, lisavanvorst I had never heard of glued meat before either until I began researching my symptoms. The problem is people don't know they have eaten glued meat until they become sick after eating beef!

Thanks for the visit, Mary


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phoenix2327 20 months ago from United Kingdom

I live in the UK so I don't know how prevalent this practice is. I use a butcher so I'm not too worried about this. Still, it's worth investigating. Thanks for the heads-up.


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mary615 20 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, phoenix2327 The US is not as strict with food laws as other countries in the world, I'm afraid. It would be interesting to ask your butcher what the laws are in the UK.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Barbara Kay 19 months ago from USA

It makes me wonder. We've noticed that Walmart meat is a really different texture. You are making me want to become a vegetarian too. I shared this on Facebook. I hope my friends read it, so they know what they are eating.


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Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

Oh my! I have not heard of glued meat or pink slime before although I have experienced being ill in the middle of the night after dining in a chinese restaurant. That´s one of the reason I seldom eat out since then. That was aweful. I´m glad you are okay now. Thanks for the heads up.


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Barbara Kay By law if grocery stores sell this junk meat, they have to include that info on their label. They use wording like "altered". I just don't trust restaurants any longer!

Thanks for helping to get the word out about glued meat by posting on FB. Mary


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida Author

Thelma Alberts , good morning. Sounds like you were served glued meat at that restaurant. When I go out to dinner now, I stick to seafood! I just don't trust meat anymore. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Mary


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ladyguitarpicker 11 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Hi mary615, I think you have something about being a vegetarian, I will be thinking seriously after reading your article. I never knew about this till I read this article. Thanks


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suzzycue 11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

This is just plain wrong. Thanks for the info. I had no idea.


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Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

I just ate a delicious ribeye at Chilis last night. Now you've got me wondering if I was really just eating glued meat. I wouldn't put it past the large corporate chains to do tricks like this to squeeze out a few more pennies for the shareholders. Great hub, but now I feel sick. Happy New Year!


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Besarien 9 months ago

This is fraud. These products should come with a big acid green warning label. It should be illegal to serve to all minors. Kids would be better off with beans and rice or a PB and J for lunch than this stuff. We don't trust restaurant meat either. I used to buy Blue Buffalo or Fresh Pet for my dog. Now I make my own dog food too. I buy whole chickens and turkeys and break them down. I figure I'd notice if they glued something together to look like a whole bird. We also buy meat from local farms. We have a local butcher but his beef is special occasion expensive. Great hub!

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