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Chicken stores in city deny using glue

LOCAL deep-fried chicken chain stores have denied they use glue in their chicken meat after reports in Taiwan claimed that the popular late-night snack used Transglutaminase, also known as meat glue, and their chicken were injected with antibiotics that could harm both kidney and liver.

The Taiwan TV report claimed that most fried chicken sold on the island served portions of chicken that were also the least desirable.

They were also suspected of using chicken that were injected with antibiotic.

Transglutaminase was used to stick chicken meat and make the filet big, but the Taiwanese stores insisted they always used full chicken pieces, the report said.

While the report essentially questioned chicken-selling stores in Taiwan, it caused panic in Shanghai as the dish is popular here. Netizens reposted the Taiwan report.

Locals wondered why the chicken filet in Shanghai was so big - at times bigger than a person's face!

Shanghai Hot-Star Restaurants Co Ltd, a popular large fried chicken brand, said every chicken filet it sells uses a whole piece of chicken and that it does not glue the chicken pieces together.

When asked why the chicken filets were so large, the company insisted it was a trade secret.

A staff member of Dingxiangshuai Catering Management Co Ltd, which owns the famous fried chicken brand Super Chicken, said its chicken products are cut from full chicken and pieces of bones can be seen.


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