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"Meat Glue" Turns Beef Pieces
into Filet Mignon

Filet Mignon First it was "pink slime" in ground beef. Now, there is a new dirty little secret in the meat industry. A powdery enzyme called transglutaminase but better known as "meat glue" is used by some restaurants and hotel beef providers to turn smaller pieces of beef into more expensive, larger, seemingly whole solid steaks. Besides being an economic issue, there is also a health worry: the exterior of pieces of beef can contain bacteria which is normally killed when exposed to heat. But, if they are lumped into the middle of a compressed ball of meat, the bacteria is trapped inside, and is not killed unless the meat is served well done. Watch this amazing video by KGO-TV.

Where to Get Free Credit Scores and Credit Reports, No Strings Attached

Many sites advertise free credit scores or free credit reports, but beware. Often you must sign up for a trial membership in their credit monitoring service, and if you fail to cancel, you are charged a monthly fee. There are, however, genuinely free options available:

  • Credit Sesame (Experian National Equivalency Score);
  • Quizzle (free Experian credit report every six months; free "CE score" based on Experian report);
  • Credit Karma (two free scores: TransRisk New Account Score and VantageScore);
  • Equifax Credit Score Card (Equifax risk score);
  • FreeCreditReport.com 2 day report (free Experian credit report delivered electronically within 2 days) [Click button on the LEFT. This offer is NOT the one with the hidden costly free trial.];
  • American Express (free Experian credit report and score once a year for cardholders); and last but not least,
  • AnnualCreditReport.com (credit report from each of the major bureaus once a year).

    Thanks for Good Customer Service

    roses Here's a place to publicly thank customer-oriented companies for providing good service. MrConsumer had extraordinary service from Aldi, Vistaprint, Stop & Shop Pharmacy, and SurveyGizmo recently. See what they did, or better yet, add your own compliment about a different company that gave you great service. [No whining allowed.]

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    Consumer Quickies

  • Best and Worst Things to Buy in May
  • Text Message Spam up 45% in One Year
  • Wisconsin Adds Unsolicited Text Messages to Do Not Call List
  • FCC Takes Some, But Not Complete Action on Cramming
  • Zone Alarm Offers Free Firewall and AntiVirus Program
  • Don't Fall for a Fake (and High) Verizon Wireless eBill
  • Many Hide Money from Spouse; Hiding Now Harder
  • Compare Cell Company Signal/Data Performance in Your City
  • One Free Item Law in CT for Scanner Errors Expanded
  • New Consumer Agency May Have Final Say on Mandatory Arbitration Clauses
  • P&G Defends Against Claims that Tide Contains a Carcinogen
  • Harvard and MIT to Offer Free Online Courses
  • Getting a Travel Refund if the Price Drops
  • Debit Fee Cap Reduces Costs for Retailers; Consumer Benefit Unclear
  • 10 Unique Places They Put Ads, Including Urinals
  • How to Muddy Your Tracks Online
  • Windows 8 Will Not be Able to Play DVD Movies
  • Some Banks Get into Payday Loan Business

    CW Exclusives

  • Many ATMs and Fare Machines Shortchange the Blind
  • Shoppers Fear Double Coupons Will Disappear
  • Pink Slime-Laced Ground Beef Disappearing Fast
  • Survey: Metric Measurements on Food Nutrition Labels Mislead Many
  • 2011 Return Policy Survey
  • Sears Caught Cramming Service Contracts onto Appliance Orders
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet Reviewed
  • Groceries Price Comparison Survey: Drugstores vs. Supermarkets
  • Flaw Lets Hackers Spoof Your Caller ID to Gain Access to Your Credit Card Account History at Major Banks
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Reviewed
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