Lawsuit to Taco Bell: (DONG!) What? It's Not All Beef?!

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Last week, a California woman brought a false-advertising lawsuit against Taco Bell claiming that their products contain very little meat. And for those of us who have eaten their Cantina Tacos, this should resonate like the sun exploding.

The class-action suit, which does not ask for money, objects to TB's referring to its fast food fare as "seasoned ground beef or seasoned beef" 'cause, guess what? A lot of the filling contains lots of stuff other than beef.

Like what? Okay, Taco Bell biters, you asked for it.

The lawsuit claims TB's ground beef is made up of:
- water
- isolated oat product
- wheat oats
- soy lecithin
- autolyzed yeast extract
- sodium phosphate
- maltodextrin
- modified corn starch
- anti-dusting agent
- some beef and seasonings
- drain hair, bat guano, leaky-leg juice, and sewer froth (Kidding! I hope.)

One of the attorneys who filed the suit said only 35 percent of TB's taco filling was a solid and 15 percent was overall protein, which doesn't quite jibe with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's definition of beef as the "flesh of cattle" not the "flesh of maltodextrin."

But, hey, not all is terrible in Taco Bell land. The suit contends TB's chicken and carne asada steak is really chicken and carne asada (whew!) It's the beef, or lack thereof, that's the issue.

Of course, Taco Bell doesn't agree with any of this nonsense and plans to defend itself, even though, according to the lawsuit, they internally call the substance "taco meat filling" and not "beef."

What say you, Taco Bell biters? Got a new name for TB to call its taco meat filling in lieu of the pending lawsuit? I bet you do. Let's hear it.

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What did you dummies think was in their tacos? How can everyone be so shocked?

Thomas Trottier
Thomas Trottier

Taco bell is nasty! I have gotten sick off the bat guano tacos more than once, but I thought it was the sour cream. I can't believe the prices either, remember when they had 5 tacos for a dollar on Sundays in the early 80's? If I'm going tp pay over $10.00 for a meal I'll go to Los Dos Molinos, Via De Los Santos, or Jalapeno Inferno. You know, I can make better tacos myself, a little chopped habanero on the side. and Margaritas to boot. It is also rediculous how little cheese they manage to put on the tacos, I mean really it is like the eliminate one of the three ingredients that make a taco a taco, (when you can count the strings That is too little).

KB Home Sucks
KB Home Sucks

TACO BELL and KB Home get less than you pay for? Melissa Lora is the currently a Board of Director for KB Home Inc and the Chief Financial Officer of TACO BELL. On Wikipedia Taco Bell’s bio has no mention of Lora who sits on KB Home Board of Directors? Clearly Melissa Lora does not want to be associated with one of the nation’s largest builders? Melissa Lora. CFO at Taco Bell Corp. Orange County, California

Melissa Lora does not have a biography on TACO BELL's Official Website? No one in management at TACO BELL has a bio on their website. Are they hiding? Another reputation issue since the food poisoning outbreak TACO BELL’s E. coli bacteria was famous for? In March 2005, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) won a landmark victory in its national boycott of Taco Bell for human rights. KB Home uses undocumented workers to build its homes? Taco Bell? A lawsuit filed in 2011 alleges that Taco Bell beef is comprised of less than 35% beef. We’ve seen the goop, it pours out of a bag like dried brown flour that coagulates into something that looks like ground beef when water is added.

Currently, Ms. Lora serves on the following boards:

* KB Home * Taco Bell, YUM Brands * Discovery Science Center

Other distinguished KB Home Board members include Melissa Lora's buddy Bruce Karatz who was just convicted as a felon and is currently under house arrest in his 24 room Bel-Air Mansion (not built by KB Home) serving out his 8 months home confinement for swindling 11 Million Dollars. Martha Stewart is a spokesperson for KB Home also served time for her former stock swindle. Gary A. Ray head of KB Home human resources is a convicted felon in this current stock swindle.

Melissa Lora and KB Home built this lemon with Bruce Karatz. KB Home is under a Federal Trade Commission Consent Order. KB Home must buy back your home if not 100% satisfied within the first year? Melissa Lora has never responded as KB Home Board of Directors to any customer complaint letter sent to him by certified mail. KB Home sells Lemons, Just Google Melissa Lora.. the entire management of both KB Home and TACO BELL has an image problem? Not mentioning their Chief Financial Officer's proud accomplishments at KB Home. Where's the BEEF in my poorly constructed KB Home? Both are misleading the public and getting less than they paid for. The only difference is TACO BELL exits after 24 hours; KB Home continues to give you irritable bowel syndrome. Should I be thinking outside of my bun? Taco Bell is a part of Yum! Brands, Inc. (“Yum Brands”). Yum Brands includes: Kentucky Fried Chicken KFC U.S. Properties, Inc., Taco Bell Corp., Pizza Hut, Inc., Long John Silver’s, Inc., A&W Restaurants, Inc., WingStreet, LLC, and Yum Restaurants International, Inc. She has been a Director at KB Home since 04/2004. She serves on the Taco Bell National Purchasing Co-Op Board of Directors and is a Member of the Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-Op as well as the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California. Are they all ripping you off?

"Our government, through the USDA and FDA, provides definitions, standards and labeling guidelines for 'ground beef.' Just like the FTC is enforcing the 1979 FTC Consent order Against KB Home. Yeah Right!

J Curwen
J Curwen

I'd call it "processed meat food product" after the fake cheese crap known as "processed cheese food product" because it can't legally be called cheese.


Wow. I read the back of my own taco seasoning packet, and *gasp* there were all kinds of ingredients in it like salt and chili powder! Also there were starches! Unwanted starches unless I want the product to be all watery instead of gelling! And soy lecithin! God forbid they add an EMULSIFIER like lecithin to help the FAT BIND to the non fatty elements. I wanted the fat all over the place, and running out the other end as I eat it so it can be ALL OVER my arm. This is rediculous I have all these ingrediets at home in my generic tac seasoning packets that I add to my ground beef WITH WATER *oh noes* and cook it down. I only wish I had lecithin at my disposal so the fat wouldn't drip out the side of my tacos! I corresponded with Taco Bell immediately after reading this story sending them my kind kudos. This is so stupid.


Your last ingredient made be gag a little :) It is a little gross to think about the 'beef' not actually being beef. But this is just one way that most fast food is harmful to our bodies. Every thing in moderation works best - especially beef that's not really beef. For more easy nutrition tips check out this fantastic blog: http://blog.mydiscoverhealth.c...


Maybe less beef is a good thing.Consider the alternative.Most fast food beef is created out of the trimmings and detritus shipped from slaughterhouses around the country and has to be put through a pathogen killing process to get it clean enough to eat.Fake Beef in Taco Ball Tacos. Why all the fuss?

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