Unless you are a chemist, Taco Bell’s “taco meat filling” really is “mystery meat.” At least that’s what Amanda Obney alleges in her class action suite against the franchise giant.
Obney, who is not seeking monetary damages, says Taco Bell’s use of the word “beef” constitutes false advertising.
The suit was filed by the law firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles of Montgomery, Alabama. W. Daniel “Dee” Miles III, who spoke in behalf of the firm, said, “You can’t call it beef by definition, it’s junk. I wouldn’t eat it.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines “beef,” surprisingly enough, as “the flesh of cattle.”
“Taco Bell’s definition of ‘seasoned beef’ does not conform to consumers’ reasonable expectation or ordinary meaning of seasoned beef, which is beef and seasonings,” the suit says.
The suit alleges that the “taco meat filling” and “seasoned beef” is in reality 65 percent fillers and chemicals. Attorney Miles said that only 35 percent was solid, and only 15 percent was protein.
The Associated Press reported the filler was made of binders, extenders, and “water, wheat, oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent and modified corn starch.”