Lawsuit against Taco Bell claims their ground beef isn’t ground beef.

It’s not a surprise, really, that there’s a law defining what ground beef needs to be for it to be called “ground beef” when it’s marketed. The USDA’s requirements are that the product must be…

…chopped fresh and/or frozen beef with or without seasoning and without the addition of beef fat as such, shall not contain more than 30 percent fat, and shall not contain added water, phosphates, binders, or extenders.

An Alabama law firm is making the case in court that Taco Bell’s meat doesn’t fit the bill, because along with the meat and seasonings, their beef includes…

…water, “Isolated Oat Product,” wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate.

I haven’t eaten there for years, and will continue to not do so regardless of the outcome of this case.

(via WOTL, The Consumerist)

Read more:

9 responses to “Lawsuit against Taco Bell claims their ground beef isn’t ground beef.”

  1. Joel Burdeaux says:

    When I was vegitarian/vegan, my friend and I used to joke about these tacos, saying that you can eat 50% of one, since they’re half soy.Jack ‘n the Box tacos are something closer to 90% soy.

  2. Margaret v says:

    Exactly why I haven’t yet watched this.

  3. Donette says:

    Same here. I haven’t brought myself to the place where I am willing to know all that goes on behind the meat counter.

  4. Amber says:

    I have been severely limited in the number of places I can eat at since watching Food, Inc a few months ago. Now I can’t even buy ground beef from the supermarket. I’ve tried! I can’t.

  5. R.J.Bowman says:

    Note that the ingrediants are “Beef, Water, Seasoning [long list of seasoning components]” which means that there is more beef than water, and more water than seasoning, and all of the other ingredients listed are subcomponents of the “seasoning”. So this isn’t much different from making tacos using the little seasoning packets from the grocery store.Now back to proportions: there is more beef than water, and more water than seasoning. If the proportions were almost even (worst case scenario) then the proportions might be 34% beef, 33% Water, 32% seasoning, which is about the beef proportion claimed in the current lawsuit. But I’m pretty sure that the seasoning is dry ingredients, which the lawsuit’s claim would require at least 33 parts water to reconstitute 32 parts seasoning, which doesn’t seem workable for most dry ingredients that I’m familiar with. The little seasoning packs from the store typically have a couple of tablespoons of powder mixed with about a cup and a half of ingredients; the lawsuit proportions just don’t work.On the other hand, I haven’t seen Taco Bell stepping forward proclaiming their actual beef proportions in any advertising or press releases.

  6. Jon says:

    I think I want to just buy my own herd of cattle to butcher when I want to make chili or burritos. This doesn’t sound too appetizing. I wonder how much it costs to feed those guys….I live in Iowa…I should know this. haha

  7. JMH says:

    It’s a burrito for 79 cents. I’m not expecting top notch. For me Taco Bell is sort of the gastronimic equivalent of a Will Ferrell movie.

  8. Brian says:

    Naw man, Taco Bell’s where its at. My friends and I ate their almost every weekend in high school. Then we would have pharting contests.

  9. John says:

    I think Taco Bell would agree that this is not “ground beef”. It’s not meant to be, it’s meant to be taco filling, and it contains ground beef along with other ingredients. A taco filled with just ground beef wouldn’t be very tasty…

Leave a Reply