Taco Bell Hit with Lawsuit, Claims Beef is “Meat Mixture”

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Have you ever eaten a Taco Bell beef taco only to find yourself explosively gassy and even running for the toilet within minutes? The reason could be you didn’t get beef in the first place.

According to a CBS News affiliate in San Francisco, an Alabama law firm claims in a lawsuit that Taco Bell is using false advertising when it tells customers they’re using “seasoned ground beef” or “seasoned beef” in its products.

The lawsuit alleges the beef sold by Taco Bell contains binders and extenders and does not meet the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be labeled as “beef,” according to the legal complaint.

Attorney Dee Miles said attorneys had Taco Bell’s “meat mixture” tested and found it contained less that 35 percent beef.

The lawsuit states Taco Bell’s “seasoned beef” contains other ingredients, including water, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent and modified corn starch.

So, the next time you feel like making a “run for the border,” you may want to rethink your decision to eat at Taco Bell.

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17 Responses to Taco Bell Hit with Lawsuit, Claims Beef is “Meat Mixture”

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    The Taco Bell meat reminds me of the mystery meat they serve you in the military. It tastes fake as hell and always upsets my guts.

    The only thing I can eat at Taco Bell is their bean burrito. My guts don’t reject this item.

    My wife refuse to eat at Taco Bell because she says she always gets sick when she does.

  2. mbmdl says:

    Many people are allergic to soy. This is one of the reasons we’ve seen a huge increase in the amount of almond and rice milk products bought by the American consumer. If Taco Bell is using soy as a filler, they must disclose this so customers can make informed decisions. Otherwise, they’re playing with people’s health.

  3. Brigadoon says:

    “Where’s the beef? Where’s the beef?” Apparently, not at Taco Bell.

  4. Chad Lebanon says:

    What the hell is an “anti-dusting agent?”

    All I know is this. I’ve traveled to Mexico (Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan) and I never got sick. I was careful to drink only canned soda and not eat any raw or uncooked food. I never got sick.

    The last (or should I say “final”) time I ate at Taco Bell was last summer and I ordered nachos. They tasted OK but I had diarrhea for 2 days. I never get diarrhea. But I did after eating at Taco Bell.

  5. Matteo says:

    I looked up anti-dusting agent and found this. You might as well eat the roads and freeways with a dollop of Salsa.

    Anti-Dusting Agent: Calcium Chloride
    http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/356030696/Calcium_ChlorideAnti_fogand_and_Anti_dust.html

    Applications

    1.They are widely used in highway,expressway,parking lot and port to melting snow and ice
    2.used as dryer ,as anti-fog,and anti-dust agent also fireproof agent.
    3.Protective agent and refining agent for petroleum/oil field
    4.Pigment assistance agent of textile.It is a kind of raw material
    5.It acts as flocctuatio in water treatment
    6.Also be used in waste papper prcessing as removing printing ink agent.
    7.Used in swimming pool to disinfetionand so on.
    8.As anti-freezing agent of beton ,and speedup harden beton
    9.As dehydration agent
    10.Food additive:as cryogen are used in ice cream,as stable agent/coagulant used in bean products,drink and beer

  6. Robbie says:

    I haven’t eaten at Taco Bell in years. Del Taco uses ground beef and tastes so much better.

  7. Estacada says:

    In all seriousness, I’m starting to see why Americans are always sick with cancers.

    We’re being feed chemicals designed for roads!

  8. Tiny Dancer says:

    Reading this and the comments, my first thought is, how many of the fast food joints are playing the same game with their customers? In corporate America, it’s always a race to the bottom

    Health? Who cares!

  9. The “anti-dusting agent” filler freaks me out.

    I tweeted:

    Now I know what happened to the adorable Taco Bell chihuahua. They fed him “anti-dusting agent” and he died. This is animal cruelty.

  10. okjimm says:

    see…. another reason to NOT eat FAST FOOD!!!! MacD, Burger Chum, Wimpys, KfC….. the all suck.

  11. Rachel says:

    These additives are scary. At least soy is a protein alternative and well tolerated by most people. But the chemicals listed in the lawsuit sound like what you would buy to use in a car. I think what Estacada said hit the nail on the head. If 90% of cancers are caused by environmental factors then eating road topping agents can’t possibly be safe for human consumption.

  12. Jolly Roger says:

    I love the Bell, but the authentic Mexican places here in town are a hell of a lot better. So I eat at them whenever possible.

  13. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    You know how old folks are always constipated?

    Well I know a doctor, he’s just a old ole boy, about 62 or 65 now, and he tells his elderly patients to treat their constipation with lunch at Taco Bell.

    Works everytime. His patients think he’s a fucking genius.

  14. DMason says:

    Bill Hussein O’Reilly – ROFL!

  15. Randy Arroyo says:

    Last summer Taco Bell had these simple cantina tacos made with grilled chicken or steak w/grilled onion and lemon. They were the closest to what I ate growing up and very delicious. I never understood why they stopped serving them. I haven’t eaten at Taco Bell since. As for the icky chemicals they add to the taco beef, I think this could be grounds for a health lawsuit of a team of lawyers wanted to take them on.

  16. feminazi says:

    The serious health implications of ingesting industrial chemicals for people undergoing chemotherapy or who have compromised immune systems isn’t something to take lightly. As consumers, we must demand the government monitor food companies like Taco Bell and demand they stop poisoning their customers. This is very serious.

  17. D@vid says:

    I’m with Robbie… Del Taco is sooooo much better… unfortunately, we don’t have them in Pittsburgh, and I moved away from Vegas where they were. So instead of running for the border, I’ll be running for the bathroom.

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