Have you ever wondered how Taco Bell can afford to offer those $2 meal deals and $5 boxes? Apparently, its “meat” doesn’t meet USDA guidelines to be marketed as ground beef. So an Alabama law firm is suing to get it changed to “taco meat filling”.
And they have a point. According to the lawsuit, Taco Bell’s meat is filled with all kinds of extenders like water, “Isolated Oat Product,” wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate and seasonings.
All in all, they believe Taco Bell’s ground beef product is only 36% actual meat—short of the 40% required by the USDA. What’s more, when the “meat” is shipped to stores it is accurately labeled as “taco meat filling.”
Where’s the beef indeed.