Taco Bell Sued Over “Beef”

Have you enjoyed a “seasoned ground beef” taco at Taco Bell recently?  Well, odds are even if you think you were eating a beef taco, you still weren’t getting much meat, according to a new class action lawsuit.

Via Chicago Breaking Business:

The class-action suit, which does not ask for money, objects to Taco Bell calling its products “seasoned ground beef or seasoned beef, when in fact a substantial amount of the filling contains substances other than beef.”

It says Taco Bell’s ground beef is made of such components as water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch, sodium phosphate, as well as some beef and seasonings.

Just 35 percent of the taco filling was a solid, and just 15 percent overall was protein, said attorney W. Daniel “Dee” Miles III of the in Montgomery, Ala., law firm Beasley Allen, which filed the suit.

“Taco Bell’s definition of ‘seasoned beef’ does not conform to consumers’ reasonable expectation or ordinary meaning of seasoned beef, which is beef and seasonings,” the suit says. Beef is the “flesh of cattle,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“You can’t call it beef by definition,” Miles said. “It’s junk. I wouldn’t eat it.”

Considering the number of salmonella cases that have been linked to Taco Bell meals in 2010, I think defending their “beef” is the least of the restaurant chain’s public relations problems.

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151 comments

Lynn Carin
Lynn Carin3 years ago

It's unbelievable what the 'government' / FDA in USA allows companies to put in food consumed by ALL of us (surely most of us have eaten at a fast-food restaurant somewhere.) From 'pink slime' to chemicals that cause Cancer & GMO products ~ it's SHAMEFUL how WE have been deceived, over the years. We must EDUCATE ourselves... READ LABELS and do our own 'research' and realize HOW ANIMALS are being KILLED that end up on our tables ~ SAD! Once again, as you can see, it's about making the almighty dollar! We are being 'controlled', folks!

Carole R.
Carole R.4 years ago

Noted.

Valerie Friedman
Valerie F.5 years ago

Well, I giess if you have "enjoyed" it, you wouldn't care WHAT it was made of... What strange wording.

Elle Dee
Elle Dee5 years ago

No one should have high expectations from a place that can give you a meal for under 5$ in under 5 minutes.
Fast food places are bad for us, brown bag is the way to go!

colleen prinssen
colleen p.5 years ago

ah I always wonderd why they had a weird texture. a weird mush. I don't eat there much. the last tacobell taco I had must of been 8 years ago? I don't get to get fast food much. because I cannot walk to one. and I reasonably know "how to cook"(no master chef, just a lot of haphazord exploration of wanting to make new dishes. You meat eaters try putting Poultry seasoning on your beef meat-steaks)

Christine S.

Even pure ground beef is not 100% meat- it's at most 80% meat and 20% fat- of course it is going to have seasonings and thickeners to give a gravy like sauce to the filling, which lowers the "beef" content even more. I don't think people should complain about what's in a 99 cent "beef" taco...

Julimar C.
Julimar C.5 years ago

While I understand the comments of some vegans and vegetarians, I think the point here is that Taco Bell has misled their customers with false advertisement. People have the right to know what it is they're really buying. Yes, it may contain less meat, but this doesn't make it any better.

Kath R.
Kath P.5 years ago

When not eating at Taco Bell expect to find:
Ammonia-Treated Pink Slime now in most U.S. Ground Beef
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19947.cfm

Lin Moy
Lin M5 years ago

I always said it did not look like meat.

Courtney Bliss
Courtney Bliss5 years ago

Personally I work at a plant where the majority of what we make is taco meat for Taco Bell. Of course there's other things in it other than beef. You know what plain ground beef tastes like! There's seasonings and water and a little fat. It's not plain ground beef! Now, I can only speak for where I work, but I'd guess that Taco Bell has the same formula for all of it's facilities.