Food News: Taco Bell Mystery Meat

Taco Mystery Meat

From: Tacobell.com "Taco Supreme"

Taco Bell directs customers to “Think Outside the Bun” but recently most people have been wondering what’s INSIDE the taco?  Taco Bell “beef” has been making headlines.

Is it 35% beef or 88% beef? Fox News reports that taco bell beef menu items contain only 35% real beef. A recent class action lawsuit filed against Taco Bell’s parent company claims that Taco Bell’s meat mystery “mixture” does not meet minimum requirements to qualify as “meat.”

To be perfectly honest, when I have the option I am a Del Taco kind of girl. In the midwest, I eat Taco Bell every once in awhile and I have no problem believing that their beef is mostly filler. Even so, it’s fairly flavorful and I have no problem eating it even if it is mostly filler. What can you really expect for a .39 cent taco?

According to FoxNews, the lawsuit is based on claims for false advertising because Taco Bell says its products contain “seasoned ground beef.” Don’t they?? Apparently the California woman who filed the suit is not seeking monetary damages, she just wants the company to be honest about its product. Apparently she’d be happy if they were to start saying that their menu items contain “mixed meat.” Hmm.

What is Taco Bell’s response? Not what you might expect. New print ads say “Thank you for Suing Us.” Taco Bell has responded to these claims with ads and videos assuring customers that they use real beef. Check out this video statement: .

Taco Bell’s CEO claims they treat their seasoned ground beef like any home cook would make chili. 88% beef is mixed with seasoning, water and other items. He directs customers to their ingredient list on their website which contains more detail than I ever cared to know. Taco Bell’s official website response is here.

Who do you believe? Personally, I couldn’t care less which is true. I’d eat it either way.

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