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Are you getting the steak you paid for or scraps?

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Posted at 6:45 PM, May 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-23 18:45:14-04

(WTVR) - A brand new controversy is sizzling at restaurants across the country.

A California senator says restaurants can save money by pasting scraps of meat back together, but other than not getting what you paid for -- it could also make you sick.

However, there's nothing illegal about using it and meat glue has been around for decades.

Once the meat heats up, the glue forms a bond and the meat starts to stick together.

The glue is safe, but cooking the meat together could spread bacteria. Also, if you order the steak rare, then the bacteria would not get cooked.

The American Meat Institute says restaurants do have to tell you they're piecing steaks back together -- or it would be considered false advertising. 

The chances of actually ending up with a steak like this are about 1 in 10,000.