Wheres The Beef?

"taco bell"

By Tray Wetherell

Editor-In Chief

Ever wonder what is actually in that cheesy beef burrito you are eating?  Apparently you are not alone in that wondering.  An Alabama based law firm is suing Taco Bell and its parent company Yum! Brands Inc. for its assertion that its seasoned beef is actually beef.   The class action lawsuit filed in federal U.S. district court accuses Taco Bell of misleading customers by saying that it serves ground beef or seasoned ground beef in the company’s items.

The law firm leading the charge claims to have tested the beef and calls it a meat mixture in papers filed in the lawsuit.  It’s analysis claims that Taco Bell seasoned ground beef contains products like soy lecithin, wheat oats, maltodextrin, water, an anti-dusting agent, modified corn starch, and approximately 36% ground beef.  With such a low amount of actual beef in its ground beef, the suit claims that Taco Bell does not meet the minimum requirement the USDA requires to label products as beef.

According to a press release from the law firm Beasley Allen, the lawsuit seeks to make Taco Bell “properly advertise and label food items, and to engage in a corrective advertising campaign to educate the public about the true content of its food products,”

Yum! Brands issued in a statement that it denies that their advertising is misleading and will “vigorously defend the suit.”   Taco Bell President Greg Creed added on Tuesday in another statement that the company plans to counter sue “for the false statements being made about Taco Bell’s food.”

About Tray Wetherell

Born and raised in southern Illinois, Tray describes himself as a jack of all trades but a master of none. He has been an auditor, bookkeeper, fast food worker, salesman, and now journalist. Majoring in psychology, Tray is restarting his career and getting a second chance at college. "Like most people, we do what we have to do, not what we want to do. I now have the opportunity to finally get to do what I want which is to help people understand themselves. I hope to eventually be a practicing clinical psychologist or counselor."
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1 thought on “Wheres The Beef?

  1. Huh, well that’s a bit scary…If the Alabama lawyers are right I wonder why there is an ‘anti-dusting agent’ in Taco Bell’s beef. I mean what would that be used for?

    Regardless, this won’t stop me from eating at Taco Bell. However, I think I’ll be sticking to the chicken tacos until this gets sorted out.

    I do love me some tacos. 🙂

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