today i was at the local popular big box store and bought a thick cut rib eye steak. Not wanting to eat a two pounder i cut in in half, thats when i noticed somthing very peculiar, the meat seemed to have been glued up to form the steak i simply was able to pull the pieces apart and a sticky translucent membrane i had never seen befor was holding the pieces together. I think i had purchased an artificial rib eye steak composed of cheaper chuck roast cleverly glue up to look like rib eye. so being curious i search meat glue on you tube and sure enough i found its very easy to glue meat together. Now my question for everybody is this, has this happend to anybody else?
^Mark has a post on this. Apparently there isn't a whole lot of information on its safety, but it does happen and most of us probably don't even realize it. I guess you're safest getting your meat from a source you know well and that doesn't do this (farmer's market!!). That said, he does offer other potential solutions. It's a good, eye-opening article.
Can't attribute to a podcast or TV show, I forget but I recall hearing about this.
Besides being dishonest and unethical, it seemed that the biggest concern was with bacteria. It usually grows on the exterior of the meat. Since that is the portion that receives the most heat you're confident you can kill the bugs. When they assemble meat portions and glue them together, you can get areas where the bacteria is on the interior. When you cook your medium rare steak you won't kill the bugs on the inside of the meat and you could get sick.