Friday, 24 October 2014

Fake Meat: The Meat Glue Secret

Is your prime steak held togther by meat glue?

Used in about 8 millions pounds of meat every year

What is meat glue?

Meat glue - the food industry's secret to fake a steak


Various cuts of beef are rubbed with transglutaminase - a white powdery substance - as if it was a type of marinate

You just paid top dollar for that cut of ribeye or tenderloin.

But you may actually be eating off-cuts, glued together using a product that is allowed here.

Feeling cheated?

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related: Eggs sold in markets are genuine and safe
The yolks of fake eggs (left) are said to be more yellow than those of real eggs. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Eggs sold in the Malaysian markets are genuine and safe for consumption, says the Health Ministry.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there was no cause for concern, adding that video clips on fake eggs that went viral on social media recently were untrue.

"We conducted an investigation and found that there were no fake eggs sold in the markets," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

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related: Gutter Oil For Your Food, Sir?

A news report estimated that 10 per cent of all oil used for cooking in China is gutter oil, including those used by restaurants. This is because it is cheap.

Well, you may ask, “What has that got to do with Singapore?” Unfortunately, it might have a lot to do with Singapore and how our hawker food is being prepared.

Earlier this year, it was reported that some people – who are reported to be Chinese and non Singaporean - were seen pumping out “sewer contents” from opened manholes and drains in Yishun and Jurong. Pictures taken by members of the public of them doing so, uncannily resemble what gutter oil scavengers do back in China.


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Artificial Chin Chow 仙草 (Grass Jelly)
Durian Fraud: 10 Tricks That May Deceive You
Wine Fraud: A Vintage Crime