SACRAMENTO, CA - The controversy surrounding the use of so-called "meat glue" is rumbling through the hallways of the California State Capitol.
A state senator, known for tackling big business, is officially demanding protections for consumers.
The phones lit up in the L.A. area office of Ted Lieu after the scandal broke. Lieu has since written a letter to the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture calling for an investigation into the dangers of meat contamination, among the possibilities e-coli bacteria.
It turns out expensive pieces of meat, like filet mignon, are sometimes glued together with, what federal regulators call a completely safe and natural substance.
"It's come to my attention that when you glue together lots of different parts of meat to form a whole steak, the middle section of that steak can be contaminated," Lieu said. "And, if you don't cook it well enough people can get sick."
The meat industry is under the control of the federal government. But Lieu wants full disclosure from the feds and the meat industry. He said people have the right to know if the steak they're buying has been glued together.
"It's basically taking lots of different pieces that have been in contact with outside bacteria, outside contaminants; and then your form it into one steak," Lieu said. "When you think of a whole steak, straight from a cow, the inside is sterile. But not when you glue it together."
Back in 2008, lieu took on the banking and finance industry during the mortgage crisis. He eventually passed legislation protecting borrowers and banning certain types of loans.