Taco Bell's 'Beef Filler' Is Not The Healthiest Thing To Sell
Taco Bell, the fast food chain has seen more than its share of negative publicity. They had been rapped for E.Coli outbreak and other labor related problems with accusations about their practices. The latest to hit the headlines is that Taco Bell’s ‘beef filler’ is not the healthiest thing to sell. The lawsuit is for selling something that is not as advertised.
A class action lawsuit has been filed by an Alabama law firm about the products that Taco Bell is selling. According to the law suit the Taco has less than 35% beef and is indulging in deceptive advertising with their seasoned beef taco. Taco bell officially claimed that seasoned beef did not include any ammonia treated pureed beef trimmings.
The class-action suit was filed in the federal court in the central district of California by the Montgomerry law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis and Miles
"We are asking that they stop saying that they are selling beef," said Miles from the firm.
The ingredients listed on the Taco Bell's web site regarding their seasoned beef is :
SEASONED GROUND BEEF INGREDIENTS: ( From Taco Bell website)
Beef, Water, Seasoning [Isolated Oat Product, Salt, Chili Pepper, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Oats (Wheat), Soy Lecithin, Sugar, Spices, Maltodextrin, Soybean Oil (Anti-dusting Agent), Garlic Powder, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Cocoa Powder (Processed With Alkali), Silicon Dioxide, Natural Flavors, Yeast, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Smoke Flavor], Salt, Sodium Phosphates.
The issue the firm has is with the ingredients listed in the seasoning that might be the filler material with all kinds of stuff in it and less of the actual 100% beef in it, as claimed.
Statement issued by Taco Bell in defense:
"At Taco Bell, we buy our beef from the same trusted brands you find in the supermarket, like Tyson Foods. We start with 100 percent USDA-inspected beef. Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture. We are proud of the quality of our beef and identify all the seasoning and spice ingredients on our website. Unfortunately, the lawyers in this case elected to sue first and ask questions later -- and got their “facts” absolutely wrong. We plan to take legal action for the false statements being made about our food" -Greg Creed, Chief Concept Officer
So the great debate is on, with attack and defense going on full force. The tests conducted by the suing firm show only 35% beef while the rest is filler material. Taco Bell on the other hand issued a statement by Greg Creed, President and Chief Concept officer defending their Taco as a trusted brand with 100% inspected beef that has a blend of seasonings and spices. They are counter-blaming the Firm for getting the facts wrong and making false public statements.
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