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Makers of cold cuts exposed for using 'meat glue'

The Local · 13 Apr 2010, 15:05

Published: 13 Apr 2010 15:05 GMT+02:00

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Researchers for public broadcaster NDR’s consumer show “Markt” on Tuesday found that smoked ham in particular was not likely contain a single cut of meat as advertised.

Packages read Nussschinken or Lachsschinken, which would lead shoppers to believe the meat slices come from pork thigh or rump.

But Goetz Hildebrandt, a leading food expert for Berlin’s Free University, tested a myriad of packaged smoked ham and found that many had not been formed naturally.

“It is very clear to see here that at least two pieces, if not three, were used to put this piece together,” he said, examining a cold cut. “That means we’re dealing with processed meat.”

Hildebrandt tested ham from well-known producers available in the supermarket such as Wiltmann, Berschneider, Gutfried and according to Markt, was suspicious that many were using an enzyme called transglutaminase – known as “meat glue” in the industry – to cobble bits together to resemble a single cut.

“The processing is not declared. That means consumers have been deceived,” he told NDR.

When Markt showed the scientist’s results to food inspectors in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, they said the technology was new to them.

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“We need to take a look at this. Just as with the consumers, monitoring this technology was previously unknown to us,” said Detlef Horn from his Krefeld office.

German law does not require food companies to indicate the use of transglutaminase, and Markt said those they spoke with deny having mislead consumers.

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Your comments about this article

16:41 April 13, 2010 by William Thirteen
mmmm...meat and glue...two great tastes that taste great together!
17:40 April 13, 2010 by dbert4
There are whose which would describe this type of dishonest schit as providing "value" to the consumer.
08:07 April 14, 2010 by The-ex-pat
Knowing how fussy and somewhat snobbish German's are when it comes to food, it seems like a good way of not wasting a lot of good meat!
09:43 April 14, 2010 by twisted
This is not just about gluing two pieced of meat together...it probably means mixing a bunch of stuff that shouldn't be eaten into the process and selling it...people pay higher prices than pigs....But on the other hand, you get what you pay for...cheap stores...cheap food.
13:05 April 14, 2010 by erdinger
Another use for "CRAZY GLUE". Yummmmmmm
22:09 April 14, 2010 by cocovelvet
Meat glue !!??.... i wonder if the intestines in turn don't get glued together themselves from this nonsense concoction. And the end result ??..... many hours of visiting the loo.....
23:01 April 14, 2010 by wxman
Meat glue? Meat glue?? Are you kidding? Excuse me while I hurl.
19:50 April 15, 2010 by snorge
Hope it goes through me ok.....
20:22 April 15, 2010 by weaverjulia
What about all the aspic-based cold cuts in Germany? No one seems to mind that, although it's also obstensibly "glue".
22:33 April 15, 2010 by ColoSlim
Agreed weaverjulia that gelatin meat is bizarre.

But you see, it was very loud in the factory and the boss said, "make it into meat stew." The employee heard, "make it with meat glue!"
11:25 April 19, 2010 by KerrAvon
Well, Germans often seem to be obsessed with their health on one hand. but on the other they smoke like chimneys and still seem largly unawhere of the dubious at very best nature or many food addatives. I myself would NEVER eat for egsample: M.S.G. (Mono Sodium Glutamate) Hydroganated Fats, or Artificial Sweetners... Which if you do your research reveal themselves to be nothing short of poisons...
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