anyone who's a fan of Taco Bell's Cheesy Gordita Crunch, or the stalwart beef
taco, the following news may not sit well: The "taco meat filling" --
as it is labeled -- that the fast-food vendor uses is made up of only
Multiple news outlets, including WTOL-TV,
are reporting that a class-action lawsuit has been filed in Montgomery, Alabama
by the law firm Beasley Allen alleging that Taco Bell uses false advertising on
its menu and in its ads. The complaint says that Taco Bell should label its
meat as "taco meat filling" because it does not meat the minimum
requirements set by the USDA to be called "beef" or "seasoned
What makes up the other 64 percent? A combination of the following:
Water, isolated oat product, salt, chili pepper,
onion powder, tomato powder, oats (wheat), soy lecithin, sugar, spices,
maltodextrin (a polysaccharide that is absorbed as glucose), soybean oil
(anti-dusting agent), garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid,
caramel color, cocoa powder, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), natural
flavors, yeast, modified corn starch, natural smoke flavor, salt, sodium
phosphate, less than 2% of beef broth, potassium phosphate, and potassium
As Gizmodo points out,
ground beef is defined by the USDA as: "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."
The USDA policy book says that food labeled as "taco filling" must
contain "at least 40 percent fresh meat". At 36 percent, Taco Bell's
"taco meat filling" can't even be labeled as such, let alone
"ground beef". If it can't even label its "meat" as
"taco filling," what option does that leave? Imagine ordering a
"Meat-like 5-layer Burrito".
quote: I don't know, but Taco Bell's the only food I've ever eaten that almost always makes me excruciatingly ill afterwords for a few hours. They are the poster child of mystery meat.
quote: celiacs are intolerant to gluten, which is in wheat, rye, barley, and usually oats through cross-contamination.