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.
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.