Taco Bell…Where’s The (Real) Beef?
Once again another fast food chain is in the media for allegedly not using the meat they advertise; this time it’s Taco Bell. A law firm in Alabama filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit against the popular fast food chain claiming they are falsely advertising using “seasoned ground beef” or “seasoned beef” filling in their food. According to their suit, the meat filling Taco Bell uses doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to be considered “beef” as laid out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The law suit, filed by Alabama based law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles was filed in the Central District of California federal court; the suit claims instead they use meat filling which contains ingredients such as water, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent and modified corn starch, and it should be labeled as meat filling and not beef. It was also founded that the filler they’re using contains less than 35 percent beef. The Plaintiff in the case is a woman by the name of Amanda Obney; she’s filing on behalf of herself, all others similarly situated and the general public. Surprisingly the suit isn’t seeking a financial payout; all it’s asking is that Taco Bell be honest in their advertising. Attorney Dee Miles stated, “We are asking that they stop saying that they are selling beef.” Will this lawsuit keep you from eating at Taco Bell? Will you be awaiting the outcome before going back? I’m not really a huge fan of Taco Bell, but when a similar scandal was revealed with KFC that didn’t stop me, or others, from continuing to enjoy their fast food…I’ll just have to see how this plays out before making any rash decisions.