OC-based fast food giant Taco Bell has been hit with a lawsuit alleging they're fibbing when they say their food uses "seasoned ground beef" or "seasoned beef." In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District, Southern Division, in Santa Ana on behalf of plaintiff Amanda Obney of California, the suit "charges that Taco Bell's meat mixture contains binders and extenders and does not meet the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be labeled as beef," explains USA Today.
According to Taco Bell's ingredient list, this is what makes up their beef:
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. CONTAINS SOYBEAN, WHEAT.
Is Silicon Dioxide even in peak season right now? They must ship it over from Chile. Anyway.
The suit, according to sister site LAist, doesn't seek monetary compensation, but rather the truth. An attorney on the case "asks that Taco Bell be honest in its advertising."
In their defense, Taco Bell stands by their beef-like concoction, saying:
Taco Bell prides itself on serving high quality Mexican inspired food with great value. We’re happy that the millions of customers we serve every week agree. We deny our advertising is misleading in any way and we intend to vigorously defend the suit.”