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Reformed Meat – Yes, You Are Eating It

Have you ever noticed how perfectly and uniformly formed the chicken is in the Chicken Tacos at Chilis? How the chicken in the chicken sandwiches at Olive Garden Feel in your mouth? I think there are a lot of preformed meats on our menus at some of the larger chain restaurants:

(from Bottom Line Secrets)

Meat Additive May Make You Sick

Meat glue, also called transglutaminase (nothing to do with so-called pink slime), binds together bits of meat into what looks like a prime cut. But: When not handled properly, meat glue can seal in E. coli and other bacteria present on raw meat. Self-defense: Check package labels—glued meats must include the words “formed” or “reformed.” Glued meats are commonly used in high-volume restaurants and banquet facilities. To be safe, eat meat cooked well-done.
Source: Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, RD, is a clinical associate professor in the departments of health policy and management and nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

September 29, 2012 - Posted by | Cooking, Cultural, Food, Living Conditions, Restaurant


  1. That’s depressing, all the times I ate at Chillies were in vain.

    Comment by currybadger | October 2, 2012 | Reply

  2. I remember the first time I read ‘formed meat’ or something like that on the menu at Chilis, I didn’t know what it was.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 3, 2012 | Reply

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