Taco Bell sued for calling meat “beef”
The firm claims that Taco Bell’s “seasoned ground beef” or “seasoned beef” is actually mostly random bits of pieces of other things and not actually beef. So what horrible bits are claimed to be in the meat? Chicken beaks and pig snouts? No, it’s the less disgusting “isolated oat product” that is used to increase the volume of the small amount of real beef that’s actually in there.
Who will actually win though? According to the FDA Sec. 319.15:
Chopped beef, ground beef. “Chopped Beef” or “Ground Beef” shall consist of chopped fresh and/or frozen beef with or without seasoning and without the addition of beef fat as such, shall not contain more than 30 percent fat, and shall not contain added water, phosphates, binders, or extenders.
So if Taco Bell is using more than 30% extra items to “beef” up (pardon the pun), then it seems it is in violation of the FDA’s regulations. Additionally meat with 40% extras must be called “taco meat filling.” It seems like Taco Bell actually is well aware of that, and labels the meat boxes that it sends the individual stores correctly, but then jazzes up the language for advertising.
In the end this is really just a way for the lawyers to get rich. Frequently these class action lawsuits end up with the company settling and everyone who was actually harmed getting 52 cents while the lawyer gets a third (or more) of the total settlement (a third of $5 million in this case). Most people that eat at Taco Bell probably already know their beef isn’t top sirloin or filet mignon, but whatever Taco Bell settles for, rest assured they will increase prices to make up the difference.
If any lawyers are reading this I’d like to sue Taco Bell for stiffing me on hot sauce packets, please contact me and I’ll tell you a horrible tale of trying to make one tiny packet of hot sauce last for an entire Grill Stuffed Burrito.