Where’s the Beef? The Taco Bell Controversy
An Alabama law firm claims in a lawsuit that Taco Bell uses false advertising by calling it’s beef, well… beef.
The meat mixture sold by Taco Bell restaurants contains binders and extenders and does not meet the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be labeled as “beef,” according to the legal complaint.
Attorney Dee Miles said attorneys had Taco Bell’s “meat mixture” tested and found it contained less that 35 percent beef.
Miles said the lawsuit does not seek monetary damages, but asks the court to order Taco Bell to be honest in its advertising.
“We are asking that they stop saying that they are selling beef,” Miles said.
At Taco Bell, we buy our beef from the same trusted brands you find in the supermarket, like Tyson Foods. We start with 100 percent USDA-inspected beef. Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture. We are proud of the quality of our beef and identify all the seasoning and spice ingredients on our website. Unfortunately, the lawyers in this case elected to sue first and ask questions later — and got their “facts” absolutely wrong. We plan to take legal action for the false statements being made about our food.
President and Chief Concept Officer
Taco Bell Corp.
The Ryan from GrubGrade response:
I’ve kinda just accepted the fact that I have no clue what I’m really ingesting anymore. I could spend a lot of time reading labels and pretending to know what I’m looking at… or I can just give in to the fact that anything and everything I do is somehow slowly killing me anyways. Sure, I’d rather have some real food over filler, but 9 times out of 10 I’m taking the ostrich approach. I’m the kind of person that could shop at an organic market in the morning and swing by a fast food joint later that day. Go figure. Do I care, if in fact, Taco Bell beef is only 35% beef? Well, I normally get chicken everything at Taco Bell… but still, yeah I guess I’d like my “meat mixture” to be more meat than not (going by the lawsuit claim). Hmmm, what % chicken is the chicken I’m eating? I’m sure chicken is harmful too? And the gummy bears I just ate? And this laptop I’m typing on? And my cell phone? And the water I’m drinking? Carcinogens everywhere!