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Is that beef or "meat glue" in your steak?

(WFLX) - Filet mignon is one of the best and most expensive cuts of meat, but not all filets are the same.

In fact, some include an ingredient known as "meat glue". When chefs trim the filet, typically there are scraps left over. Rather than throw them away, some scraps are bound together using an enzyme called transglutaminase or meat glue.

"In our work, we have used it to bind together pieces of meat or meat that has been partially disassembled to remove excess fat and use this to kind of put it back together so that you will have a product that looks better, has lower fat and better for the consumer," explained Dr. Jeffrey Savell with Texas A&M University.

If the so-called "meat glue" is in prepackaged filet mignon, it must be listed on the ingredient label.

The FDA says meat glue is safe to consume.

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