Ban Bacteria-Breeding ‘Meat Glue’ From Restaurants

Target: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health & Human Services

Goal: Ban ‘meat glue’, an adhesive that endangers human health by locking live bacteria into cuts of meat

As we’ve seen with the now-infamous ‘pink slime’, the meat industry uses all sorts of tricks to thin out their products and cut down on costs–often at the expense of public health. The latest news from the food service industry paints an equally ugly portrait of the way meat is prepared and sold to customers. ‘Meat glue’, a powdered form of fermented bacteria, is often used in restaurants to stick two small pieces of meat together, allowing them to be sold as one larger steak. Patrons who order the filet mignon may be discouraged to learn that their prime cut could easily have been faked–and also laced with potentially dangerous microbes.

Meat glue may be literally made from bacteria, but that’s not what makes it a health hazard. Typically, the bacteria that lives on the outside of a raw steak is killed off when the meat is cooked. The center of the steak may be left undercooked, as it hasn’t been contaminated via air exposure. But when two steaks are glued together, the inner surfaces may still contain bacteria that will never be cooked off–leading to an increased risk of food-borne illness in customers who unknowingly order a composite cut.

Restaurants shouldn’t be allowed to continue gluing meat together if the process poses an increased risk of food poisoning. Tell the U.S. Department of Health to ban this disgusting and dangerous additive from the food service industry. Sign the petition below today.


Dear Kathleen Sebelius,

Restaurants in the United States have a responsibility to avoid serving foods that have been proven to be health hazards. Yet the food service industry still makes use of a substance dubbed “meat glue”–a form of fermented bacteria that allows workers to sell two smaller steaks as one prime cut. Not only is the practice of gluing cuts together misleading to patrons, it’s also dangerous. Glued-together meat can often contain bacteria on its inner surfaces that aren’t killed during the cooking process.

Like pink slime and other cost-cutting industry creations, meat glue is both repulsive and unhealthy. Consumers have a right to safe food wherever they may purchase it. I ask that you uphold the safety of restaurant food and ban meat glue from the food service industry.

[Your Name Here]

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  1. This makes me glad to be vegetarian!

  2. I don´t eat meat; things like this reinforce my determination never to stop being vegetarian.

  3. Not regulating dangerous bacterial industrialization isn’t appetizing.

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