By Tray Wetherell
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.”