May 2, 2012 |
Just when you thought the “pink slime” controversy was in the past and that the discovery of mad-cow disease had blown over, the forces that be now bring yet another cause for carnivore concern: calls for an investigation into 'meat glue.' Officially, it's known as transglutaminase, an enzyme in powder form that brings protein closer together - permanently. Occasionally, the so-called reformed meat is served up by food suppliers, restaurants and others who use it to patch various pieces of meat into a single steak or some other amalgamated chunk.
May 10, 2012 |
The American Meat Institute is striking back at reports that “meat glue,” a binding agent often used to patch together pieces of beef and other protein, is unsafe and unnatural. In an occasionally touchy conference call Thursday, the trade group said that the USDA considers such substances to be safe and requires its presence to be noted on retail labels. The product, however, isn't always disclosed when it's served at restaurants and other food service outlets, experts said.
January 10, 2014 |
Sometimes, it takes worm glue to fix the hole in a heart. Inspired by creepy crawly creatures like the slug and the sandcastle worm, a team of scientists has created a surgical adhesive that could safely seal up the hearts of babies born with congenital heart defects. The bioinspired glue, described in Science Translational Medicine, could replace damaging staples, weak or toxic glues and reduce the need for repeated surgeries, said study coauthor Jeffrey Karp, a bioengineer at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
February 3, 2008 |
Dollar Tree Stores Inc. is recalling about 253,000 Chinese-made glue guns because they can short-circuit, causing them to smoke and catch fire. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Dollar Tree was aware of seven incidents in which the glue guns short-circuited, including two injuries involving electrical shock and burns. The Crafters Square hot melt mini-glue guns were sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Express, Greenbacks, Only One $1, and Deal$ stores from February through August 2007, the commission said.
January 31, 1998 |
Doctors may soon try a modified version of Super Glue as a painless way to close wounds instead of using heavy, scar-prone stitches or staples. During an FDA meeting in Gaithersburg, scientific advisors recommended that the government approve the nation's first surgical glue. DermaBond, made by the Raleigh, N.C.-based Closure Medical Corp., takes far less time to apply than it takes to stitch wounds and doesn't require a repeat visit to remove sutures.
August 28, 1998 |
The Food and Drug Administration approved a Super Glue-like substance Thursday for doctors to use in place of stitches on skin-deep wounds. Closure Medical Corp.'s DermaBond contains a variation of the chemical used in Super Glue. It quickly covers a wound with a flexible film that gradually wears off as new skin cells grow beneath it. DermaBond takes half as much time to apply as sutures and, because it's less painful, doesn't require a local anesthetic, said Closure, based in Raleigh, N.C.