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January 26th, 2011

Taco Bell’s Quote-Beef-Unquote

A part of me is pleased that Taco Bell is being sued for peddling taco meat filling as “beef”. And yes, there’s a difference.

[The class-action lawsuit] says Taco Bell’s ground beef is made of such components as water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch, sodium phosphate, as well as some beef and seasonings.

Some beef. Some seasonings. And yet, it’s sold as seasoned beef. Worse, perhaps, is this:

Apparently, the industry — and Taco Bell internally — calls the substance “taco meat filling,” avoiding the word “beef,” according to the suit. However, even that term is supposed to be used for products that are at least 40 percent beef. Taco Bell’s taco filling falls short of that definition too, Miles said.

It sounds like it’s truly Grade Q Protein-Like Substance. But anyone who has eaten at Taco Bell, pretty much ever, can attest to the lack of beefiness in the beef.

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