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Law Firm Sues Taco Bell Over Lack Of Beef In "Beef" 23

Posted by samzenpus
from the there's-very-little-meat-in-these-gym-mats dept.
The USDA demands that something labeled "ground beef" contain at least 70% beef, and if you're going to call something "taco filling," it must contain "at least 40 percent fresh meat." The Beasley Allen law firm claims that Taco Bell doesn't follow these guidelines, and has filed a class action suit against the restaurant chain. According to the firm, what Taco Bell is marketing as beef only contains 36% meat. Sadly, the firm made no comment on the actual composition of Nachos Bellgrande.

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Law Firm Sues Taco Bell Over Lack Of Beef In "Beef"

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  • "Rather than beef, these food items are actually made with a substance known as "taco meat filling," according to the lawsuit."

    Is this like the mythical "100% all beef product" that Microsoft makes their hamburgers from.

    What, exactly, is "taco meat filling"? 36% actual meat is kinda gross sounding.

    • That's why I stay away from Microsoft hamburgers and only eat Apple meat.
      • Hey, an Apple a day... but try to get the old multi-colored Apples, they're full of phytochemicals. The bleached and bromated modern Apple has little taste.

    • I think you got the wrong evil soulless corporation there. Nice try though.
      • by gstoddart (321705)

        I think you got the wrong evil soulless corporation there. Nice try though.

        LOL ... wow, did I ever ... that was completely unintentional, my fingers just typed that on their own apparently.

        I did, of course, mean McDonald's. :-P

        Still, my point stands ... only 36% "meat"? The mind reels.

        • by Ritchie70 (860516)

          Why don't people want to believe that McDonald's burgers are all beef?

          Ground beef isn't that expensive.

          Especially when you use so much you could buy it on the futures market...

          • by gstoddart (321705)

            Why don't people want to believe that McDonald's burgers are all beef?

            Partly cynicism, but partly because McDonald's meat has been so heavily mangled, it just doesn't seem like meat.

            And, once you've found articles like this [usda.gov] which gives us the definition:

            The definition of "meat" was amended in December 1994 to include any "meat" product that is produced by advanced meat/bone separation machinery. This meat is comparable in appearance, texture, and composition to meat trimmings and similar meat products deriv

            • Gut feeling, no pun intended, but I'm fairly certain that McDonald's meat isn't as bad as you suggest for two reasons: USDA laws regarding meat processing and the iconic status McDonald's has. To the vegetable lasagna crowd and the anti-corp crowd, McDonald's is the big Satan. The company has a lot of watchdogs actively looking to expose something like this. Taco Bell apparently fell under the radar for a while.

              I'm not saying you're wrong though. Just that, I feel very safe eating at McDonald's vs Taco Bell
              • by gstoddart (321705)

                To the vegetable lasagna crowd and the anti-corp crowd, McDonald's is the big Satan. The company has a lot of watchdogs actively looking to expose something like this. Taco Bell apparently fell under the radar for a while.

                Actually, I'm inclined to agree with you on this and for the same reasons.

                As much as I am part of the vegetable lasagna crowd, McD's is heavily scrutinized and if they were doing too much ickyness with their meat, it would have been widely trumpeted by now.

                Let's argue it out over a Chic-Fi

                • Hmm, I didn't know that Chic-Fil-A espoused Christian values when I suggested it. That might explain why my neighborhood franchise never seems to be open on sundays in a busy marketplace. I just was suggesting a delicious chicken filet sandwich that will do horrible things to your stomach afterwards.
            • by Ritchie70 (860516)

              As served, McDonald's isn't anywhere near what you'd like to think is ground beef ... it's a slurry of whatever meat they can get off the bones without crushing them; ground up in a paste, spiced, probably has some filler and binders added, and then smooshed back together as a "beef patty", frozen, and then fried.

              As they say, citation needed?

          • Why don't people want to believe that McDonald's burgers are all beef?

            I think it is because they do not taste like beef. Believe me, I love a good burger, but McDonalds does NOT make a good burger.

  • What's the other 64%? Sawdust?
    • by Dreth (1885712)

      The suit claims that Taco Bell's meat-like offering is filled with extenders and other non-meat substances listed in the lawsuit like water, "Isolated Oat Product," wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate as well as beef and seasonings. Yum!"

    • by sjames (1099)

      Soylent Green is people.

  • I've been reading Fast Food Nation and just finished the french fry chapter. (Potatoes are shot out of a cannon at a wire screen to make fries.) This morning I started the beef chapter, and then on the drive to work listened to the Morning Jocks [955klos.com] rave about the result of asking for "extra meat" when ordering food at Taco Bell.

    Now I know why every time I eat at Taco Bell, I regret it the next morning. It's really disgusting what it does to my bowels... I refuse to eat there anymore, especially in So Califor

  • This is entirely relevant, if you're still thirteen years old and you pay for your meals using the change found in the family sofa cushions. The rest of us prefer food that contains food. And flavor.

  • It may be only 36% meat, but it is 100% delicious.

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