IRVINE (CBS/AP) — An Alabama law firm claims in a lawsuit that Taco Bell is using false advertising when it refers to using “seasoned ground beef” or “seasoned beef” in its products.

The meat mixture sold by Taco Bell restaurants contains binders and extenders and does not meet the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be labeled as “beef,” according to the legal complaint.

The class-action lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in the Central District of California by the Montgomery law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles.

Attorney Dee Miles said attorneys had Taco Bell’s “meat mixture” tested and found it contained less that 35 percent beef.

The lawsuit on behalf of Taco Bell customer and California resident Amanda Obney does not seek monetary damages, but asks the court to order Taco Bell to be honest in its advertising.

“We are asking that they stop saying that they are selling beef,” Miles said.

Irvine-based Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch said the company denies that its advertising is misleading.

“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,” Poetsch said. He said the company would “vigorously defend the suit.”

The lawsuit said that Taco Bell’s “seasoned beef” contains other ingredients, including water, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent and modified corn starch.

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Comments (346)
  1. Where's the beef? says:

    Anti dusting agent?

    1. Steve Herrick says:

      Keeps the meat from clumping together and balling up. Used in salt and if you ever buy shredded cheese in the store it is covered in a similar product.

      1. EdC says:

        …from Taco Bell’s website: Soybean Oil (Anti-dusting Agent) How horrifying. Amazing how many sheeple react to these bogus lawsuits and news-stories.

      2. Justin Hardin says:

        Actually, that’s cornstarch on shredded cheese.

      3. Dan S. says:

        yeah EdC, you are right. the sheeple shouldn’t expect more than 35% beef in any product labled beef. Are you Rob Poetsch in disguise?

      4. David says:

        people who eat fast food are disgusting.

    2. miranda says:

      anti-dusting? What are you anti-vampire?

      1. Mat says:

        miranda, you are aware that Rob Poetsch is not Rob Pattinson right? and also that Rob Pattinson is not acctually Edward Cullen, right?

      2. Nicholas John Lodge says:

        LOL Nice Mat!!

      3. Solo says:

        Actually, “dusting” is a Joss Wheadon Buffy reference, not Twilight. The BTVS Vamps “poof” into dust when killed. Tho, I could be wrong, as I avoid psedo-vampire riddled twilight like the plague.

    3. jawbone says:

      The most common anti-dusting agent I’m aware of it sunflower oil. Added at the rate of perhaps one part per 300, it prevents fine particles from escaping during processing.

      1. jawbone says:

        “is”, not “it”

      2. Pilot.dave says:

        Its like saying “80% fat free” – most people don’t think “WOW, a serving of 20% FAT” LMSO – So, its 65% “Other ingredients” – always knew my Taco needed and oil change 😉

    4. Aunt Bee says:

      “I don’t even butter my bread; I consider that cooking.”
      – Katherine Cebrian

  2. Aunt Bee says:

    “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
    – George Bernard Shaw

    1. nrnvjnls says:

      Shaw certainly didn’t love people, at least he loved something! google Shaw/eugenics and see what he really was like.

      1. Aunt Bee says:

        I agree … just using a quote.

        911essentials is an introduction to the New World Order Central Banking Police State, its plans for one world government and their worship of the pseudoscience Eugenics.

      2. Hasta Mahn says:

        Wow, sounds like Shaw was a common sense person.

      3. Rod Rescueman says:

        True, but no worse than Margaret Sanger. However she’s practically worshiped by feminists.

    2. gabe says:

      WWWWWhat!!!! That is the silliest quote I’ve every heard, and am shocked someone would choose to spread it.

      My Parents’, and Grandparents’, love for me and my Siblings, my love for them and my friends, and my sister and her husband’s love of their daughter, and any parent’s love for the their children pales in comparison to George Bernard Shaw’s love of food. I mean what’s not to love about food, it’s food, you eat it and then flush it, and eat it, and flush it, and eat it and flush it. It’s like saying the love for air is more sincere than family bonds.

      GBS, and Aunt Bee must be lonely orphans, that or the jokes on me, which I suspect it is. But please, love your children more than a taco.

      1. baron says:

        the last sentence is frame-worthy.

      2. RN says:

        I don’t know . . . if it’s a really, really good taco with real meat, and it doesn’t talk back to me and do things like replace his sibling’s shampoo with maple syrup, I’m having trouble making up my mind.

      3. Steve says:

        Oh please: it’s just a witty quotation. It’s not meant to be a scientific analysis.

      4. Viet Vet says:

        Beef people, beef is the subject here, not philosphy or quotes!!!

    3. JAG says:

      “The notion that persons should be safe from extermination as long as they do not commit willful murder, or levy war against the Crown, or kidnap, or throw vitriol, is not only to limit social responsibility unnecessarily, and to privilege the large range of intolerable misconduct that lies outside them, but to divert attention from the essential justification for extermination, which is always incorrigible social incompatibility and nothing else.”

      -George Bernard Shaw

      1. KipNoxzema says:

        It’s time for your nap, JAG. The real nice people in the white coats said so.

      2. DSImon64 says:

        Shaw makes an important point here; that the greater basis jusitfying the imposition of capital punishment is social control rather than social responsibility. The advocates of capital punishment would rather that we not discuss this clear truism . . . but Shaw never really cared that much about what other people wanted him to do.

  3. Bobby McKellar says:

    Not real beef??!! I wouldn’t have ever guessed (rolling eyes)!! Lol!

  4. LoneWolfArcher says:

    Dear Taco Bell, why not just seasoned beef? Sheesh

    1. phlogiston says:

      Corn starch is cheaper. It’s also used in much of the yogurt products. One ounce at a time, dear Jesus. It sure adds up.

  5. Sandy Lester says:

    Leave my Taco Bell alone. These people really need lives. What a bunch of angry little pests they are.

    1. ali says:

      You have to be kidding! You would really eat that horrible tasting beef after knowing what’s in it? I didn’t like the sauce they used, but understand now it was to cover up the other ingredients. Many people are allergic to some of these fillers, and they should have made this public years ago. Sue their pants off for deceptive advertising. Now I wonder if the beans are real? Geez, now I know why I hate eating at fast food places besides the taste. I have always suspected Arby’s uses this sort of stuff in their beef sandwiches. Enough eating krap for me.

      1. Jamie says:

        100% beef would mean they’d use other types of filler.. beaks and hooves, tongues, eyes. would you rather have that? the fact is that the filler you people are so horrified over is similar to TVP (textured vegetable protein) – it’s used in almost all the vegetarian meat substitutes like Boca. The fact is that vegetable proteins are cheaper than meat to grow, harvest, store, and produce. Using 100% grade-a beef mince in your 99cent taco would raise it to a $2 taco, or close to it. They made a fiscally-reasonable decision that most likely every fast food restaurant on earth has also made.

        And this vegetable filler in the meat is actually healthier for you than the actual meat.

      2. Justin Hardin says:

        How does Taco Bueno sell 100% beef tacos for $1 then?

      3. Mike says:

        I don’t eat their tacos because they cost .99 and you can’t make a wholesome taco for .99 even mass produced. If they charged $3 per taco and used better ingredients, I would be eat their regularly.

      4. JMart says:


        100% beef would mean they’d use other types of filler.. beaks

        Beef beaks?

      5. Derpenherp says:

        > How does Taco Bueno sell 100% beef tacos for $1 then?

        Easy. Steer testes and cow eyes are made of 100% beef.

      6. Lorie Stories says:

        No Jaime it is not healthier.
        Some people are allergic to soy products. And if you have Thyroid problems DO NOT EAT SOY. The United States is enamored with soy products which can cause breast cancer and feminization of males. (unelss is is fermented) The Asians use soy sparingly not in every product. Look it up on

      7. rank says:

        TACO Bell has been really placing ipeople with wheat allegies, or even worse Celiac disease, in serious jeopardy. Those fillers could be deadly to those people. TACO Bell could be facing legal action now that the truth has been revealed.about the fillers they use in what they advertise as beef.

      8. George B. Shaw says:

        I like it better now! I might be having Taco Bell for dinner!

      9. Stupid Liars says:

        All you people saying “If it were 100% beef, it would just be other fillers” have ZERO idea what you are talking about.

        BEEF is the tasty edible meat on a cow. Beef is not filler. Bones, cartilage, organs, these things ARE NOT BEEF. If something is 100% beef, it means 100% beef, and NO FILLER.

        You’re a bunch swarmy little liars.

      10. malory says:

        ali, taco bell tastes good according to a huge percentage of the American population, sorry to break it to you. also i would much rather eat TVPs than gross bits and pieces of the cow….i would even prefer sawdust to cow eyes, no offense to anyone who enjoys those….

        oh and “krap” is spelled with a ‘c’, not a ‘k’.

      11. Merms says:

        Jamie, they’re still using meat slurry to produce the beef portion anyway so why are you defending taco bell? the issue that i see here isn’t about the percentages of what goes into their sloppy joe mix, it’s about the quality control of the franchise. when they say they’re serving quality beef they’re flat out lying, the beef used at taco bell could possibly pass as utility and even at that point is bellow the standards of many pet food companies. Taco bell is cheap, but it’s also trash.

    2. Nikki says:

      They have lives… that they are trying not to shorten by eating at the death trap you refer to as your Taco Bell. Eating such cheap quality ‘food mixtures’ says a lot about how you view yourself. I think it’s really sad.

      1. Tom says:


      2. Ignoramous says:

        How dare you?! I will have you know that Taco Bell is the restaurant of champions! In all seriousness, I think it’s really sad that you have to put on elitist airs when people talk about where they like to eat. It’s funny to listen to people who have bought in to the nutrition-nazi nonsense. Food is food; if you eat “highly nutritious” food, your body will only absorb what it needs. The rest is flushed out. You would be surprised how little nutrition your body actually needs. Now who is foolish for purchasing cheaper food?

      3. jesse says:

        im sure u r just perfect in what u put in your body. Its called a choice hunnie. leave us alone.if we all lived at our parents house at 30 maybe we can all shop at whole foods for over priced foods that are so called healthy.

    3. Marco says:

      If people like their tacos, whats the fuss! Jamie has some good comments, except for the part about BEAKS and Hooves. If Taco Bell has cow BEAKS in their tacos I will protest, just like I would if they were using chicken Nuggets in tacos. Cow Beaks are well known to peck out ones eyes!

  6. mike says:

    anti dusting agents …. do they also do windows?

  7. Edguardo says:

    No wonder I couldnt make them quite like Taco Bell at home with my one hundred percent real ground beef.

    Theirs has the consistancy of soupy hot slop while it simmers before they apply it to probably a thirty five percent corn tortilla shell.

  8. Babatunde says:

    The best dusting agents I’ve ever eaten! Even better than the ones my older brothers forced fed me when I was 6.

  9. OhRatts says:

    I had always just assumed that Taco Bell served Grade F meat (mostly circus animals with some filler).

    1. Lerrel Reller says:

      beaks,claws and anus=filler

      1. steve says:

        haha you said anus filler

      2. dsuds says:

        omg steve; hilarious!

    2. mistery meat says:

      I just want to tell you that you made me laugh with your comment, thanks.

  10. Kevin Stowell says:

    It’s people!

      1. jed says:

        No, Soylent Brown!! Ever wonder why their bean burritos look like soiled nappies?

  11. Kris says:

    I was told by someone who worked there that the packages that contained the “beef” were labeled “taco filling.” Hmmmm

  12. Anon says:

    Welcome to Taco Bell, can I take your order?

    Hi, I’d like 2 Anti-Dusting Agent Chalupas, 2 maltodextrin tacos, a modified corn starch quesadilla, and a diet coke.

    Do you want sauce with that?

    No, thank you.

    That’ll be $14.95, drive to the next window.

    Thank you…

    1. Pete Arnold says:

      Actually, that would be closer to seven dollars. If it was all beef, it would be closer to ten.

      1. jed says:

        Dude, real steak tacos across the street from the Caca Bell in my town at the local actual (not inspired) Mexican taco shop: $1.79!!!!

        Learn some real comparative economics!!

    2. Jim Galyean says:

      Anon …your a hoot….

  13. Vik says:

    So what..? Stupid liberals get a life ..

  14. Jim Nazium says:

    What??? They charge you 49 cents for a taco and don’t use REAL beef? What a ripoff!!!!!!!!!!

  15. hungry jim says:

    And I wouldn’t eat there because of all the rice filler… I guess it was the dusting agent making me fat.

  16. Obamafail says:

    Anti-Dusting Agents? Must be part of Janet Napolitano’s Homeland Security Department…

  17. samihami says:

    I am so glad I gave up Taco Bell (and all fast food) as a new year’s resolution.

  18. Vik says:

    I am sure that Name might be alittle biased … What exactly is that give me the real names.. Another dumb ” news ” article .. I am sure that the lawyers used that name.. Asians eat monkey brains and dogs who eat who knows what.

    1. jesse says:

      ya right > its people !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. bojack says:

    Don’t call it seasoned beef if it’s only 30% beef and the majority is sawdust, floor sweepings, Cha wow wow nuggets, chicken feathers, re-cycled cardboard and such!

    1. Bill says:

      I though liberals like recycling? What’s the problem 😉

  20. Matt says:

    They are just using a very high proportion of SEASONINGS!

    That’s what thinking outside the bun does.

  21. Rick Booker says:

    does Soylent Green ring a bell? LOL LOL LOL

  22. Eric says:

    Look, I’m not much to support lawsuits… but only 35% beef? 65% “filler” or unknown? yeah, that -deserves- a lawsuit. If we were talking 10% fillers, hell maybe even 50% fillers I might be able to shrug it off but at 35% they’re not even close to being real beef anymore.

    1. Yirmin says:

      I would agree… at some point you really shouldn’t be allowed to call it beef.

      Would it be fine and dandy if it was 65% pork and 35% beef? would it still be okay to call it beef?

      Now I know how they managed to make those 2 dollar meal deals, it was spiced up card board.

      1. Whitey says:

        The 35% of beef that is in the mix is tits, tales and touch holes -Yum

      2. DeeGeeTX says:

        no that’s called meat loaf.

        seriously, almost all ground beef patties sold as such contain fillers the processors are NOT required by law to list. I have to be sooo careful with almost any beef. I now buy meat from 4_H kids that I know their feed, etc. – and have it processed to MY specs. Chickens too. Read the labels – now its up to 10% water injected into them, sodium along with “other preservatives” – YIKES

        And now they are after our “organic” food supplies.

    2. ali says:

      That’s why the USDA defines what you can call “beef” as having at least 35% beef in to. Some people are completely misunderstanding this lawsuit. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW to call it ground beef if it has less than 35% beef. I would hope everyone as a consumer should be in support of these laws and their enforcement. These laws are to protect us from being deceived. Its ok for taco bell serve up their meat mix, but calling it ground beef IS ILLEGAL in this case.

  23. Brian says:

    Less than 35% real beef? Gross. I knew it there were additives, but i would hope that their “beef” would at least be made up of a majority of actual beef…

  24. BUbbles says:

    back in the 80’s a Taco Belle restaurant in Huntsville AL was selling meat with maggots in it. No joke!

    1. Kirk says:

      At least maggots are all protein

  25. Katie says:

    I might be better if they just switched from beef to vegatarian – they can use a product that looks and taste like ground beef and is more healthy then what they are doing.

  26. PapaJack says:

    Where’s the beef?

  27. TJ says:

    If you put dusting agent in a container with anti-dusting agent, would it create a wormhole or just rip the fabric of spacetime?

    1. baron says:

      this is the best comment thread i have seen in a long time. thank you for making me lmao.

    2. Tmoney says:

      My eyes just teared up, funny stuff!!! Best part is reading these comments while chowing down a volcano taco.

      1. nognog says:

        omg I was JUST EATING A CHALUPA SUPREME. And reading this. And laughing.

  28. LuvTacoBell says:

    Isn’t it odd how this report comes out right after Taco Bell pulls their ads from the MTV show. You don’t suppoe it could be possible or even probable that someone with MTV know’s someone who know’s someone who is a bit….shall we say put out with Taco Bell…….naaaaa that is like way to out there!

  29. Joe says:

    If there is a Taco Cabana in your area, go there. Light years ahead of Taco Hell.

  30. yo quiero says:

    the secret’s in the sauce…

  31. Lenny says:

    Come on ! Who do you think has been buying up all that recycled card board? Makes a great beef filler!!

  32. tacolover says:

    If you don’t like it, don’t eat there! NO one is forcing anyone to buy the product. The basis for the lawsuit is ridiculous.

    1. Yirmin says:

      The basis of the lawsuit it very sound. It is called false advertising. In any item where you are not able to verify the contents of the product the seller has an absolute duty NOT to mislead you the buyer in what they are selling. Would you feel the same way if they were selling you chicken when it was actually rats?

      Taco bell was never forced to make the claim that they were selling beef, that was their choice and it turns out it was a lie.

  33. Danix2 says:

    Taco Bell has never made it a secret that they use fillers in their meat. I’ve never known what exactly they were until now and I will continue to eat their dig meat, Er um, steak products ( lol). But seriously, a lawsuit?! GET A LIFE!!

  34. vboscaino says:

    Hmmm…..checking the side of the Purina Dog Chow bag and the first ten ingredients are the same as Taco Bell’s supposed “beef”…….

      1. Lisa Whitecotton Wilkiewicz says:

        So I guess if we live on Taco Bell alone we can expect a shiny coat, boundless energy and a lifespan of approximately 12.8 years.

  35. Henry says:

    Where is the BEEF?

  36. Bill says:

    I would bet that the sales might go up slightly because of this story because many people will want see what a anti-dusting agent tastes like. Everyone kind of knew this. Is this just the start of yet another group who wants to tell us what to eat?

  37. Bill says:

    We’ve been eating vegi-tacos all this time and didn’t know it. I wondered what they did with all the floor sweepings you see scattered around our local business.

  38. Dano says:

    Come on! Who want’s to eat a dusty taco! Now that’s thinking outside the bun!

  39. joelker says:

    I love the artificial refried beans………………and the synthetic lettuce.
    Shame on you gluttons eating the horrible slop.

    Remember, 1 lb of beef is designed to feed 100 people in a fast food restraunt.
    mmmmmmm supersize the plastic fillers please!

  40. Dano says:

    This is “Mexican inspired food” and they mean that literally.

  41. Harry Sr says:

    How come I don’t hear much about it over the news. Maybe it’s because of the amount of advertising dollars they spend.

  42. NVRAT says:

    This country really needs “TORT REFORM” to control these Vultures.

    1. Boulderdue says:

      Shouldn’t that be torTILLA reform?

  43. JonKen says:

    Gosh, I remember in the late sixties the rumor was that they “augmented” their meat (who knew the source) with OATMEAL. I guess we weren’t that far off, eh?

  44. ali says:

    I’ve hated the taco’s at Taco Bell for years and refused to buy them. Instead, I order bean burrito with green chili sauce and extra onions. Now to learn why I hated their beef, there’s only 35% and what the heck is anti dusting agent? Many are allergic to some of the fillers not labeled.

  45. vwhizbang says:

    Same as the mystery meat we got in school.

  46. eddieth says:

    Think outside the cow.

  47. TImbo says:

    I’m 350 lbs, and love Taco Bell!!

  48. JonKen says:

    Come to think of it….the %#@$#&% is augmented with BEEF!!!!
    It’s not the other way around!

  49. I.C.E says:

    And you thought the employees were being deported!

  50. jb80538 says:

    I can’t stand Taco smell! I stay away from it! The food tastes nasty and always has!

  51. ElsieTheCow says:

    antidusting agent = e. coli (?)

  52. Russolini says:

    Waaaaaaaah! Dont eat there if you think its kangaroo or sloth meat mixed with sawdust. I am sure folks during the depression era would have chowed down with out complaint. Probably would have appreciated the hot meal. What a bunch of litigious crybabies we have in this country nowadays. Most people feigning shock, SHOCK I TELL YOU!, are just mad that they’ve been gobbling up Taco Bell and liking it. Now they feel stupid because they didnt figure out that it was’nt filet mignon in them there tacos. Bunch of punks.

    1. formertacoeater says:

      I agree there are far too many lawsuits and crybabies these days, however, they shouldn’t be allowed to lie about what they’re serving. Just say what it is and let people make an informed decision. Sure, we all know it’s unhealthy and surely not the best cut of meat, but who would ever think it’s only 35% beef and 65% God knows what. Dusting agents??? Really??? The article says they’re not seeking monetary damages, just wants them to advertise truthfully. I’m all for that!

  53. Jonathan H. Levy says:

    Corporate greed – make the bigshots eat their own swill for a month and see how they like their quality pap.

  54. Tom Hare says:

    How do you think they got the name “toxic smell”????

  55. Hannibal Lector says:

    Now we know what is done with the captured illegal aliens. I love a taco with fava beans and a nice Chaiati

  56. Outraged mom says:

    Outrageous. Many people are allergic to soy and/or wheat — Iincluding my son. I had no idea this was in the “meat” at Taco Bell–and will no longer be giving them our family’s business.

    1. beresponsible says:

      If my son was allergic to soy and wheat (gluten), I wouldn’t be taking him to any fast food joint. Use your brain and don’t blame others for your own inept ability to provide a home cooked soy free sciliac friendly meal.

  57. C. Taylor says:

    High quality Mexican inspired food. HAHAHAHA. It looks more like diarrhea from the Chihuahua slapped into a stale taco that taste like chemicals.

  58. Murel says:

    What’s wrong with that?

    CBS has watered down news – no longer reports objective coverage of events and speeches.

  59. Asmith says:

    I never did like the “beef” at Taco Bell… That’s why I eat at Del Taco.

  60. nancy says:

    I actually think that whatever it is they should use more than a tablespppm/

  61. GirlGumbo says:

    Pssst… I don’t think the nacho cheese sauce is real cheese either…just saying

  62. Zippo says:

    This is only in retaliation for Taco Bell pulling it`s ads from MTV`s Skins show. It figures all the librals would stoop to something like this.

    1. asskmelater says:

      Oh…it wouldn’t have to do with any truth in advertising then, would it? MTV is a worthless entity for mindless numbskulls.

  63. Grumpster says:

    I stopped eating at Taco Bell when I saw an employee putting water into the “beef” straight from a rubber garden hose attached to the slop sink faucet.

  64. Stacey says:

    So, I dig. I love taco bell. And I eat pretty clean most of the time. You just can’t dupilicate the taco bell nasties at home, so you gotta go throught he drivethru for it. Whatever. I don’t believe in suing hot coffee servers, or people who MADE you eat big macs till you had seven heart attacks and had to be cut off your toilet. I will say however, that the bell should be informing the public. Even if its in an underhanded sneaky way. I expect ingredients lists. They are doing wrong by the public and I’m glad someone is calling them out on it.

  65. Pat says:

    When I lived abroad the best thing was eating real food. Since being back in the States I feel a little sick and gained weight.

    1. lark says:

      Americans pay for water laced food almost everywhere. Genetically infused water and injected water in everything. Is called FDA approved and USDA inspected.

  66. john says:

    And you wonder why so many people are getting cancer these days

  67. Elisha says:

    How can you be outraged when you were taking your kid to taco bell in the first place? The food doesn’t even taste good.

  68. Sandra says:

    This partial food is the real reason for obesity in this country, Plus – look at McDonalds. They use silicone in the nuggets. People have a right to know what they are eating. Then choose if they want to it it.

  69. Danix2 says:

    Some of you are complaining about food allergies and not knowing what was in the “beef”. Did you never think to ask if certain allergy causing foods were a part of it? You had to know by the looks of their meat that there was more to it than meat. You’d ask everywhere else!!

  70. Yankee Phil says:

    I wonder what other fast food restaurants are serving as beef? McDonalds anyone??

    1. J B says:

      @Yankee Phil…
      McDonald’s uses 100% USDA inspected beef. Their regular hamburger patty is 1/10 of a pound (before cooking) and the quarter pounder is 4 ounces (before cooking). No fillers, extenders, etc.

      1. Taco veggie says:

        HA HA good one, J B!
        … that was a joke, right?

  71. Eric says:

    I just had some Taco Bell the other day, first time in years, and my stomach was pretty upset afterwards. I had thought it was just the high fat content, but I wonder if my stomach was rejecting the binders and anti-dusting agents. Call it what it really is, and then let consumers decide.

    1. EdC says:

      Yea, that’s how it works. It doesn’t upset your stomach until you read the news and hear scary words you don’t understand, so instead of doing research you hop on the moronic bandwagon.

      “I wonder if my stomach was rejecting the binders and anti-dusting agents”. Yes, all that soy is just devastating on a stomach, that’s why only the manliest men are vegetarians, only they can handle the overbearing power of soy!

      1. Taco veggie says:

        Good point, EdC! I eat there all the time and feel great – of course, I have bean and rice burritos, or nachos with no meat. I couldn’t care less what’s in their meat – the Fresco Bean burritos with rice are super!

    2. Not So Hungry Now says:

      Dito My stomach feels the same way. I have resorted to making my own or going to a real restaurant where they make them with the fresh ingredients.

  72. Matt says:

    I think I can fix this pretty simply: Their food is Mexican “inspired”, meaning, it’s not really Mexican, it’s similar or Mexicanish. So, all they have to do is call their Beef Tacos, beef “inspired” tacos because it’s not really beef, it’s similar or beefish.

  73. EdC says:

    …the ingredients are posted on the Taco Bell website. Check other vendors ingredients and you will likely see similarities. I’m not a Taco Bell fan but this looks like another poorly researched “big news” story. Much ado about nothing.

    Seasoned Ground 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

    1. EdC says:

      …BTW: the anti-dusting agent is soybean oil. Not as scary as just calling it “anti-dusting agent”.

  74. Hank Warren says:

    Useless FDA, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    1. lark says:

      All the protein sources are just plumped with water and additives. We pay for water instead of food and about 10 dollars for a gallon of water in chicken, and fish.

  75. Maryelle says:

    Glad I am a vegetarian. I checked on their beans, they come dehydrated in a package, all they do is add water and….wah la..instant refries. The beans also list bad for your health “hydrogenated oil” as an ingredient. The healthiest option to order at Taco Bell is a cup of water. No one makes better meals than I do…so why bother to go to Taco Bell

  76. Chloe says:

    To the taco bell lovers who are worried their mystery meat burritos might change:
    This lawsuit is about false advertising, not trying to force liberal ideals or healthy eating habits on the public. All this lawsuit is saying is taco bell cant call it beef since the meat does not meet usda requirements. If your milk was 35% milk 65% soy, corn starch, wheat oats, and water, would you call it milk? Taco bell will have to call it something else or change the recipe to meet standards

    Personally, I’ve always thought taco bell’s meat was glorified cat food. Now I learn is even worse!

    1. Sedryn says:

      What is wrong with “Beef Product” Does fake cheese not have “Cheese Food” on it?

  77. Steve S says:

    Lord help us if they go after McDonalds for the McRib after they just brought it back. I’m not sure what’s in that, but I’m pretty sure there’s no real rib meat.

  78. Dee Blacks says:

    I’m allergic to wheat and soy. Glad to know where not to eat.

  79. FastFoodIsGross says:

    It’s about time someone made them be honest about what’s in their “meat”. They aren’t asking for $, just honesty & I applaud that! Fast food is a huge problem in this country & maybe this will help people realize what garbage it is. It takes 5 mins to cook up REAL ground beef at home & make tacos yourself & not expensive. If more people made home-cooked meals with their families, maybe, just maybe it would stop the horrifying downward spiral our youth is taking & help the disgusting weight problem this country has. “Timbo” you are part of the problem in this country. Maybe you should pick up a carrot stick instead of stuffing your face with (probaby 5-10 per sitting) unhealthy “fast food delights” before you have a heart attack. Or don’t, and rid this world of just 1 more disgusting slob just a little sooner. Some people in this country make me sick.

  80. mcnertny says:

    snouts,lips and p e c k e r s

  81. lark says:

    Now I need someone to sue Walmart for the amount of water and other contents in all their packaged chicken, fish, beef, etc. Why is it that TV does not show how much water goes into so called chicken, beef, pork and fish. When I place a fish piece in the skillet it gets reduced by 60 to 75 percent

  82. Laura says:

    Makes me wonder whats in their steak burritos now. Looks like bits of steak.

  83. chris says:

    lol A few years ago my friends and I decided to eat there, spur of the moment kind of thing.

    I always thought the cheese tasted like plastic but I guess know we definitely know the beef as a problem.

    Anyway, after I went home I had to run to the bathroom and it came blasting back out. (not to be gross) I was talking with my other two friends that ate there with me…did you get sick? …yah…ran right to the bathroom as soon as I got home. So we all had the same experience with the synthetic meat.

    Now I eat fast food, maybe once every 5 years for good reason. A small diner is almost always better around here, because they generally by real local beef.

  84. Leroy Whitby says:

    Taco Bell is also continuing to fund child porn on MTV. They just shifted their ad dollars to other MTV shows when they got called on the child porn. Still funding the network that produced the porn.

  85. lark says:

    There is no one to complain about the water content in chicken and fish. Fish shrinks in the skillet to 60 percent and all that remains is some strings of flesh.

  86. Bob R. says:

    From Taco Bell’s Website:

    Seasoned Ground 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

    1. Taco veggie says:

      So … what’s the problem? It’s all there if ppl will take the initiative to look. Buncha whiners! Take time to check what you’re eating, not just read the glossy ad copy! I’d rather eat the fillers than the hormone/pesticide/antibiotic/filth laced real beef. Eating dead cows is gross any way you look at it. The Fresco bean burritos are good tasting and a lot less yucky for you. Yo quiero Taco Bell!

  87. Acp says:

    I briefly worked in a suburban Atlanta taco bell while in high school. although this was nearly 15 years ago , I expressly remember the packages that contained the meat said “grade a beef” . I’m not a fast food fan by any means , but I thought some of you may find this interesting .

  88. Steve says:

    Taco Bell hasn’t tasted good since the late ’80’s.

  89. Paul says:

    As far as “truth In Advertizing” goes, what about “Subway’s play on the claim of “Less Fat.” Which we all know that the Carbos in the bread is what makes you fat. Fat is self can not be storied by the body.

    But they keep on claiming all there food is less fat and there are a lot of people out there that think if they eat less fat they won’t get fat.

  90. In-Sink-R-Ator says:

    Fiddling while Rome burns

  91. funkzilla says:

    Taco Bell Rules!!!

  92. RAVENofNO says:

    Wait a minute. It all makes SENSE now.

  93. AJ says:

    That would probably be why I can never get out of Taco Bell without spending at least $7 for myself because I always get the items with steak in them. I almost never get the regular seasoned “beef” items. That’s really the reason I hardly ever go to Taco Bell because it’s actually more expensive for me than just going to Wendy’s which is probably the best fast food chain in terms of quality.

  94. Beau Michaud says:

    Really??? a billion dollar industry and all of the bandwagoneers are now saying that they would “never eat anything like that”… Whatever people…. By the Way… Your organic produce…. Is grown in manure.. often human feces as it is cheaper and more abundant than other feces… Just like this thread of idiotic comments… Next you all are going to talk about how you dont eat fast food at all… GOD I wish that I were as cool as you people

    1. GURB says:

      MMmm…it tastes like chicken!

  95. ABG says:

    I’ve known this for years. People, do a little research for yourself. Who cares what they call it as long as you can find out what’s in it?

    1. ali says:

      I care what they call it. The law says it needs to have at least 35% beef to call it ground beef. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still eat the stuff, but it is false advertising…They need to follow the law and label what they are selling appropriately and without deceit.

  96. TruthinTacos says:

    The chicken is suspect, too. Back in the ’80s it was real strips of grilled chicken…then one day it changed suddenly to that wierd, gravelly chickeny mix..

  97. rogerthat says:

    really, does anyone really think that stuff can taste so good without some sort of artificial something in there?? : )

  98. darwin says:

    Beef Product? Was I suppose to get some of that in my Taco Supreme along with the smear of sour cream and tomato dustings?

  99. Johanne says:

    The beans aren’t beans either. They come in giant cardboard boxes, are dehydrated, and look like corn flakes. A few years ago, Taco Bell was also sued for using genetically engineered corn to make tortillas. Genetically engineered corn was created to feed cows and is not fit for human consumption.

    1. clarese76 says:

      We have companies like Monsanto to thank for this, and this is a bigger problem than this article.

  100. Mike M says:

    What exactly are they suing for? What are the damages? For ordinary people concerned that a company isn’t abiding by the rules there is the USDA. You write to them to complain. If the USDA finds fault they’ll fine the company and force them to obey the rules. But for elitist out of work trial lawyers however, NEVER let any chance to a shakedown a company for frivlolous nonsense ever go to waste because it’s a chance to pocket MILLION$ in class action settlement legal fees. Iit would cost companies more money to go to court and defend themselves so they are forced to settle.


  101. Jose says:

    LOL.. What else is new.. A 1/2 ounce of meat on their tacos and they can’t even give customers 100% beef. Their profit off of selling one product must be HUGE! I would think more than most fast food chains.

  102. Sedryn says:

    I hear anti-freeze tastes good. Does that mean you should ingest it?

  103. clarese76 says:

    Why is it too much to ask to have our food be clean, safe and natural? Is it too much to ask to know exactly what we are eating and where it is from, have the workers properly paid, and have beef be actually 100% beef?

  104. Doubleyou says:

    Ma never ate them,
    tho she don’t hate them
    Elitist vipers,
    Soft taco dirty diapers

    She’s always called them used diapers
    Smelly runs from your order
    Pay the tune of the pipers
    Make a break for the border

  105. rowley says:

    If you do not like Taco Bell go to Tijuana for your burrito. They will give you an extra ‘Montezuma’s revenge’ with no extra charge.
    Or is your purpose to eliminate the competition and raise capital for an ethnic carrot and rutabaga bar you are planning to open across the street?

  106. cjmob says:

    i used to work at taco bell i always said the beef wasnt real it comes in a bag and dropped in 180 degree water for thirtey mins. the box states that it is grade a so whats that say about the rest of the food they serve wonder if the chicken is really chicken??

  107. aubreyfarmer says:

    Eugenicists occupy some seriously important positions in government. John Holdren, the current Science czar in his book Ecoscience calls for putting chemicals in the water to sterilize us. I look for additives in food that will effectively sterilize those that eat fast food. One way or another population reduction will take place if people like him get their way. The “useless eaters” are destroying the planet and the “illuminated ones” don’t like it. What is in the chemtrail clouds I see overhead? Why use depleted uranium , when it is an absolute fact that it causes cancer, birth defects and as yet many unknown maladies? My life and your life is only of value to the elite for what we can do for them. When we are no longer needed, the plan is to get rid of us.

  108. Nathalie says:

    I know it’s pig anus and cow taint, but I just love me some Gorditas and Nachos Bell Grande…mmmmmmm. People leave my sub standard meat alone. Those complaining are probably vegetarians who smoke cigarettes, ie: Liberals. Think outside the taint. LOL

  109. nje22 says:


  110. Jack says:

    Taco Bell tacos, the culinary equivalent of Barack Obama. Advertised as one thing, the reality is another. At least Taco Bell doesn’t make fraudulent claims about the nationality of its tacos. Proud American tacos in the Mexican tradition. Obama? Who knows? Best guess, Indonesian after the adoption. Open the records so we know at least as much about Obama as we do about Taco Bell taco ingredients.

  111. Jay says:

    “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,” Poetsch said. He said the company would “vigorously defend the suit.”

    Even in their response to the suit Taco Bell is in a state of denial. Saying “high quality Mexican inspired food” is an implied statement that it compares to home-made or chef made ( in restaurant, not commercial franchise) menu item; In other words something made with 100% pure beef only and maybe some natural spicing. Typical sales/marketing lingo by people who believe there own BS.

  112. jackak10 says:

    So what else is new? It’s Taco Bell. They haven’t used actual meat since the 70’s.

  113. Don says:

    In rebellion of this lawsuit I am heading to Taco Bell tonight for dinner. Thanks for helping mye with my decision on where to eat tonight.

  114. Eatissant Thatbad says:

    I’m fine with reducing beef percentage below 35%, but this should be reflected in the labeling and advertising. Caveat emptor (buyer beware) applies to food, as it does to all our purchases. Much of the fast food beef is from Argentina and Mexico. One can only speculate as to the meat quality from slaughtered “downer cattle”, tendons, tongues, tails, facial muscles, nostrils, udders, labia, foreskins, spinal cord, ligaments, vermin, antibiotics, “insect parts” and e coli bacteria in the products shipped to us. (A 1975 Chateau Haut-Brion Bordeaux pairs well with this.)

    I’ve much more appetite for the fillers. Lecithin, derived from soy, helps mix different ingredients, acting as an emulsifier and surfactant, permitting a better mouth sensation. Maltodextrin, usually produced from corn starch, serves as a sweetener…think glucose syrup– No animal parts here. I’d like to see a transition to soy-based pseudo-meat that is clearly labeled. I’m no vegan: for me, prime rib is in the legume food group. However my earlier research experience in the US and overseas makes me cautious. The anatomic parts listed above, though disgusting, contain proteins, collagen, B-vitamins, fat, and other nutrients. Even rat meat and insect parts, having a measure of nutritional benefit in humans, are readily consumed in parts of Asia. However, one should take strong exception to antibiotics, hormones, organophosphates and bacteria in any food product.

    Mr.Glen Bell, a former Marine (Semper Fi!) and founder of Taco Bell, sold his commercial interests in 1978 to PepsiCo. Most of the accompanying postings are negative, yet some are quite clever. For my part, the collective comments don’t sway me away from an occasional Taco Bell visit for some Mexican-inspired mystery meat.

    Truthful transparency in labeling and advertising is the core issue here, and should include proper percent of meat and byproducts with warnings of soy and wheat content for those persons with allergies. In the meantime, I’d like a side order of anti-dusting agent, with two extra packets of the hot sauce. Yum.

  115. Justin Hardin says:

    It sucks because Taco Bell was SOOOO GOOD when they used real beef. I haven’t eaten there in over 15 years because of the change. Oh how I miss Taco Bell. I can still recall how awesome it was when I was growing up.

  116. jed says:

    Soylent Brown!! Ever wonder why their bean burritos look like soiled nappies?

  117. Otis Campbell says:


  118. Mike says:

    I always wondered what happened to that dog!

  119. John says:

    Colon Cancer in the works—-can’t wait to eat lunch. I personally don’t eat Taco Bell very much, but my kids can’t seem to get enough. Diabetes–Colon Cancer–Obesity and rising health costs—maybe some non-modified food will fix the problem.

  120. Skip Tucker says:

    I find it interesting that no one has questioned whether the trial lawyer is even telling the truth about percentages. Who did the “study?” I have been shadowing the Beasley firm for a dozen years and they do not come any worse.

    A few years ago the firm sued Solutia for letting pcp into ground water in Anniston, AL. And Solutia should have been sued. But Beasley teamed up with late Johnnie Cochran. The case settled. Cochran collected $29 million, Beasley collected $36 million and thier 15,000 clients got less than $8,000 each.

    Taco Bell is not Ruth’s Chris. Ay, chihuahua! Get ready for your coupons.

    1. cjmob says:

      name a lawyer that ever tells the truth they all lie!!!

  121. Skip Tucker says:

    And speaking of percentages, it appears that 99 percent of trial lawyers give the rest a bad name.

    Skip Tucker

  122. Dave says:

    They just need to change their description to “A ‘meat like’ wheat based substance with some real beef included!”
    Maybe they can claim it’s better for you than beef… No one would question that i’m sure.
    I like Dell Taco better, and I don’t know if their beef is any better. I understand it’s all from a dehydrated mix, just add water and heat.
    And that is kinda Gross..

  123. Bacon Lover says:

    I just wish they would bring back the BLT Soft Taco. Any Taco Bell execs checking out the comments section. Please, please, please bring it back.

  124. Rocketman says:

    Forty years ago, their food was actually pretty good. And I lived in Arizona!
    Now, it’s just a shadow of its former self and I avoid it by making my own Messikan food.


  125. skip tucker says:

    Sorry…that should have been “their.” Typos r us. Back to spelling rehab, i reckon.

  126. Cheryl says:

    Better than cheek/head meat, also called “beef”

  127. Neil says:

    Filed by Chic filet I bet.

  128. John Storrs says:

    In Texas and the rest of the Southwest they’re referred to as “Taco Hell”.

  129. That explains a lot. I always thought their ground “beef” was a bit strange. Oh well. Anti-dusting agent deficiency is something we all should work on. Glad to know Taco Bell is doing their part.

  130. johnnyUT says:

    This lawsuit is curious at best. While the “Food Police” hate beef, they are suing because there is not enough beef in the beef. Actually the stuff they are replacing the beef with is probably healthier for you than all beef. LOL

  131. sheila tolley says:

    A dead cow= A dead cow.

  132. Sean Patriot says:

    Yeah, but its sooooo freakin yummy. Especially the Grilled stuffed burrito with steak. MMMMM MMMMM Good

  133. johnnyUT says:

    Re; anti-dusting agent. Be aware that most commercial grated cheese you buy has an anti-caking agent in it; powdered cellulose. When you sprinkle your favorite pasta with grated cheese you’re also sprinkling powdered cellulose.

  134. Guido says:

    C’mon, people. The whole place is a scam!
    Taco Bell used GMO franken-corn for cheaper tortillas against the law. They use fake meat. Even their bells are sub-standard imported Chinese bells!

  135. Guido says:

    BTW-this is why you spring a little extra for the so-called “steak.”
    God knows what goes what animal dies to produce their steak.
    In case you didn’t know, the reason why their food seems to taste so good is because it was scientifically created in a lab to appeal directly to your brain’s sense of what it needs the most. You have the most carefully planned collection of salts, sugars, and fats in the world right there.

  136. Clay says:

    Seasoned Ground 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

  137. Walter says:

    I am really surprised that these tacos have that much beef in them. I always just assumed that like all fast food joints their beef was “Partially Hydrogenated soybean byproducts with beef flavoring in it” With that much beef in it I need to eat there more often.

    Guys it just says “Beef Taco’s” not 100% beef tacos.

    Let me tell you how this suit will go down if it ever gets to court and it never will.

    The prosecuting attorney will state their complaint and the defenses will counter with their story and then the prosecution will call their first witness probably the lab tech that ran the test that stated that only 35% of their meet product was beef and the prosecution attorney will ask them ” how much beef was in the Taco Bell meat?” and they will testify “only 35%” and the defense will have their turn at the lab tech and ask “you just testified that there was only 35% beef in Taco Ball’s beef tacos is that correct?” The tech will reply “Yes” and the defense attorney will say “So you did find beef in the beef Tacos” and the lab tech will reply “Yes we did” the defense attorney will say the “defenses rests” and the case will be over the first day and everyone will go home early.

  138. cmarrou says:

    As a lifelong South Texan, I am appalled that anyone would eat at that place. True Tex-Mex joints never put sour cream on anything, have at least one velvet painting on the walls, and any meat from goat to collie is considered “beef.”

  139. Sailordude says:

    Sounds like a good lawsuit to me, and I normally stay conservative, but 65% NON beef in their beef? I tell you what, I’ll never eat there again. There food is for teenagers tastes anyway, it’s terrible..

  140. John says:

    Grade F meat, I wouldn’t feed it to my dog

    1. Walter Daniels says:

      John, your dog is probably like every other dog on the planet and eats their own poop and licks their butt in the middle of the living room floor the night the you have company over. I seriously doubt they will mind how much beef is in it 🙂

  141. Davidl3940 says:

    Just call the Beef Flavored Tacos 🙂

  142. Juanpoopie says:

    That anti-dusting agent goes right through me

  143. tn says:

    Everybody- you missed the biggest clue out there:: When was the last time you ate at a real Mexican joint that had no Mexican workers? Kinda like going to an “authentic” Chinese restaurant and there are no Chinese cooks. God forbid a French restaurant owned and run by Koreans. Or a hamburger joint run by Asians. Why does it always involve us Asians? Solution: call it “beef-like” tacos, and in California, call it, “like beef, tacos.”

    1. Walter Daniels says:

      I hope you don’t have to have authentic employees to work at all restaurants. If so then here in West Texas we are in trouble. Most all or our fast food restaurants have all Mexican employees (Oops sorry not politically correct) Hispanic Employees. If that’s the case then all our McDonald’s, Wendy’s and doughnut shops are all Mexican restaurants.

  144. Old Ned says:

    damn that George Bush I know he caused this.

  145. JCLamb says:

    Comes down to this: if your company, like most other companies, makes a fiscal decision to save money, inform your customers so they can decide, based on their own lives and needs, whether to continue buying your product. Since I’m not allergic to anything in Taco Bell tacos, I’ll keep eating them from time to time. Since my daughter is allergic to corn, now I know why she got really sick after eating a Taco Bell taco, and she won’t be eating them anymore. There’s no need for histrionics. Just simple information.

    1. JCLamb says:

      heh, oops, sorry I meant she’s allergic to soy. Was thinking “corn” so I wrote that. Duh.

  146. earl cipriani says:

    Seems that the state is aware of this problem about beef . Then they should look in to cheeses that most all PIZZA CHAINS USE ON THEIR PIZZAS. The CHEESE IS” CALLED PIZZA CHEESE” which is not a dariy product but made from oils. A real cheese is made from real milk. I BELIEVE THE GOVERMENT IS TRY TO CALL THIS NON DARIY CHEESE “REAL CHEESE” for some reason.

  147. BOB says:

    I personally like Purina dog biscuits. They are nutrionally complete and handy snacks at any time. I carried some in my pocket to nibble on. It also worked to help me stop smoking. Unfortunately I had to give up those doggie treats after waking up in a hospital with a bunch of tubes and wires sticking out of my body. You see, I met a lovely Irish setter on the street one day. It was mutual lust at first sight. It was so exciting we lost control and fell off the curb. A delivery truck ran over us. I guess it’s true. We are what we eat.

  148. pablo says:

    donde est taco bel chihauau

  149. Bob says:

    No wonder so many ingredients are dispensed from caulking guns.

  150. PABLO says:


  151. Bob says:

    PETA can take a break. We have become closet vegatarians.

  152. jackylynn says:

    Why is this just aimed at Taco Bell?

    How does McDonalds get away with calling McNuggets “CHICKEN”?
    They don’t even taste like chicken.
    Maybe they should be called Soybean McNuggets.

    1. J B says:

      Sorry, Jackylynn…
      McDonalds Chicken nuggets are:
      Chicken, water, salt, sodium phosphates–no soy in the meat…
      Breading has:
      Bleached wheat flour, water, wheat flour, food starch-modified, salt, spices, wheat gluten, paprika, dextrose, yeast, garlic powder, partially hydrogenated soybean oil and cottonseed oil with mono -and diglycerides, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, ammonium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), natural flavor (plant source) with extractives of paprika.

  153. Cassie Sirett says:

    Seriously if you are so worried about what is in your Taco Hell taco. go to the grocery store buy the things you like on your tacos and MAKE YOUR OWN!!!!! At least that way you know exactly what is in them. People make such a big fuss about fast food and how terrible it is. If you make your own food and quit being so lazy, you would know what was in your food and you would be able to make better food choices for yourself and your families.

  154. MikeNYC says:

    Taco bell meat only 35% real beef, thats like the Tea Party movement trying to kid people its nothing more than astro-turf.

  155. Not So Hungry Now says:

    ROFL I have never seen so many comments on here before. I love it!
    I am vegetarian and have been wondering about the beans I have been eating. They are more like bean puree with a hint of bean fragments. Years ago I used to find more beans but things have changed. Taco Bell What is it your adding to my cheese? Oh by the way please… No Meat in my buritos next time thank you..

    1. Walter Daniels says:

      This made the Drudge Report, that’s why there are so many comments. If it wasn’t I would have never seen it.

  156. Titus says:

    You really want to know what are eating? Try Google videos, Food Inc.

  157. Megan, HC says:

    They forgot to mention that that 35% of the meat that really is beef is parts of cancer-ridden animals, dead fetuses, etc. As long as they get it from a cow, they can call it beef!

  158. doodle says:

    If someone allergic to beef and ate the Taco from Taco Bell, and died, I guess they would then say it contained beef. You cannot have it both ways. How much beef before calling it beef? Hamberger is sold as beef and is pumped full of water, bone fragments, fat. Steak is pumped full of water too so it weighs heavy. Taco bell food tastes great, just change the way it is marketed.

  159. Faux Beef Boy says:

    Damn! And all this time I could have been eating great Mexican food all the while keeping up my Vegan diet. If I had only known. I am running right out for a great Taco Bell veggie taco.

  160. Cruncy Beef says:

    What does 35% of a cow look like? A little person cow?

  161. flower ing says:

    They are no different than anyone else in most fast food – with one exception – THEY PULLED THEIR ADVERTISING FROM MTV’S TV SHOW, SKINS. This lawsuit is retribution – it’s that simple.

  162. Fascist Nation says:

    Once you’ve had lion meat tacos, those beef flavored oats tacos just don’t cut it. Now bald eagle or spotted owl, that would make an interesting taco!

  163. mike says:

    i love tacobell but i love the truth better. and can you think how many cows we need to kill to get 100%

  164. KipNoxzema says:

    If this large restaurant chain is selling cheap food this way, what other ones are that we don’t know about?

    Don’t throw stones while holding that Big Mac in the other hand.

  165. Not So Hungry Now says:

    Demolition Man movie will need to do a remake and select a new restaurant for our future after todays news.

  166. Desert Rat says:

    Now that I know this, I won’t be back to TB until they straighten up and put 100% real beef in their products. Better get with it, Yum!!

  167. Marty says:

    I absolutely believe the lawsuit is correct. I had a crazy craving for a Taco Bell beef and bean burrito a couple of weeks ago that I couldn’t eat. It was horrible. Taco Bell sure is cutting corners to make profit.

  168. Matt G. says:

    The real crime here is that Taco Bell claims to serve tacos. It’s a crude imitation of a taco, at best.

  169. Free Jeff Dubay says:

    Do you think Subway Chicken Breast sandwich is 100% chicken? No, it really is a chicken patty with other fillings, ie seaweed and other stuff. The “chicken breast” is neatly packaged and cooked with “grill” marks and sent out to Subways. Ick!

  170. Dan says:

    Just add it to the long list of processed food products that are likely slowly killing Americans. From the interviews, it looks like it’s already damaged a lot of customers’ brain functions. Maybe Taco Bell food should be added to that same list that cigarette-smoking and tobacco products is on. HA!

  171. Todd says:

    Anyone know what the anti-dusting agent actually is? Not as exciting when you find out it is soybean oil. Might as well leave that out of the news story, it just doesn’t make the same impact if by saying anti-dusting agent!!!VIVA EL TACO BELL!!!

  172. John Campbell says:

    I don’t eat at Taco Bell simply because they do offer poor quality beef. It’s their choice to do so and the free market dictates whether they sink or swim, as it should be. The problem here is a government set standard, not what some people will eat. If you’re going to claim your product is “beef” than it had better be BEEF, not filler, not horse, not Kangaroo, not rats, not corn. Real BEEF. Enough said.

  173. Bethany B. says:

    The extenders and binders absorb the grease and hold in the flavor. It’s a good thing.

    I suppose it’s better than being sued for making people fat. Though it’s almost the opposite – being sued for not making people fat enough. Ha!

  174. Nourishing Cook says:

    What’s funny is that we dear, discerning consumers are being fed the same things as CAFO cattle, pork, and chickens. Corn and soybeans. No matter where you look, unless you’re buying beef and eggs from your neighbor and growing your own produce, you are being fed the exact same diet as the T-bone steak you bought from the grocery store. And NO ONE seems to mind this.

    And the idiota that said textured vegetable protein is healthier than the beef itself? Well, perhaps if you’re comparing it to CAFO meat, but it cannot compare to the enzymes, vitamins, and minerals found in grassfed, organic beef. We have to stop thinking about fat, calories, etc… and start thinking NOURISHMENT. If it doesn’t nourish your body, then don’t eat it. I give my kids all the local, pastured eggs they’ll eat. Same for pastured pork and grassfed beef. We don’t count calories or fat grams here, and we are all thin. No more grocery store white poison either – raw milk it is.

    Want to learn more?

  175. TacoTed says:

    Taco Bell is so disgusting, Right – who wants a binder and extender to soak up grease laden with some chemical mixture of who knows what?


  176. Harry Canyon says:

    Solient Green!

  177. Gloria Guinn says:

    When I worked for Taco Bell back in the 60s everything was made from scratch. We used all raw beef and did not put additives in it, wepicked through 100lb bags of beans to make sure there were no rocks in them, we cooked them in hugh pressure cookers. Poured our sauces in those little cups and put the lids on them. The only thing that was prepackaged was the totillas and we has to fry the corn totillas. Everything is prepackaged now and all they have to do is put it together.

  178. at says:

    If I buy a pepperoni pizza, I never think “this had better be > 35% pepperoni”.
    If I buy a beef taco, I expect lots of non-beef items in it, but all of the meat should be from a cow. What I read here says it does contain beef, so what is the problem?

  179. Skip Arbuckle says:

    Why no Solyent Green references yet?

  180. Ray says:

    Oh well, guess we’ll find another placer to stop for lunch after church on Sunday.

  181. JoeKillian says:

    I knew a guy that worked at a Der Weinerschnitzel across the street from a Taco Bell. One night him and a coworker had a contest to see who could hit the Taco “Bell” on the roof the most times with the whole pickles from the Der Weiner pickel barrel. The next morning the Taco Bellians found their parking lot strewn with Der Wiener Pickles and traced them right back to Der Weiner.

    Which raises the question: were those pickles real pickles?

  182. LipsS says:

    I wonder what an honest testing of all the other big fast food chains would show as to the % of beef versus fillers in their burgers?

  183. imalwaysright says:

    Beef? Gross! I <3 BEAN Burritos!

  184. wylie says:

    Gopd grief people, if you don’t like it, just don’t eat there.

  185. Dano says:

    as the old comercial goes….. Where’s the Beef?

  186. Jeff Swartwout says:

    It’s cheap food people – what did you expect? Prime Rib?

    Ever since the labeling laws got overtaken by “food scientists” this is what has been happening to you. Thank them for actually putting in 35% of the real thing in there….

    “How is Beef Inspected?
    Inspection is mandatory; **grading is voluntary**, and a plant pays to have its meat graded. USDA-graded beef sold at the retail level is Prime, Choice, and Select. Lower grades (Standard, Commercial, Utility, Cutter, and Canner) are mainly ground or used in processed meat products. Retail stores may use other terms which must be different from USDA grades.

    USDA Prime beef (about two percent of graded beef) has more fat marbling, so it is the most tender and flavorful. However, it is higher in fat content. Most of the graded beef sold in supermarkets is USDA Choice or USDA Select. The protein, vitamin, and mineral content of beef are similar regardless of the grade.

    How Is Ungraded Beef Different?
    All beef is inspected for wholesomeness. The overall quality of ungraded beef may be higher or lower than most government grades found in retail markets.”

  187. Aimee says:

    Taco Bell is fast food. If you don’t like what is in their food, simply don’t eat there. If you want REAL food, go home and cook it yourself the way you want your food to be.

  188. DT says:

    If you knew what was in the food you ate most would have a real rudw awaking. even fruits are not pure, with the drugs used in the soil too the sprays that keem off the bugs. But what do you do? Other than except it and deal with it.

  189. Angsta says:

    The people complaining so bad about the meat at Taco Bell, probably feed their dogs or cats even worse meat – but with a smile.

  190. NCMike says:

    After pulling their advertisements from MTV it was only a matter of time before some lefty advocacy group went after Taco Bell. I’m going out of my way now to patronize them.

  191. Scott says:

    If did not know taco smell is poison , you probably think mcdungals is quality. wake up people it is your own distruction.

  192. Davon says:

    It was only a matter of time….I’ve heard for YEARS that Taco Bell uses the lowest grade beef they can get away with. I stoped eating Taco Bell a long time ago. The flavor of the ‘stuff’ was always masked with cheese, sauces and toppings??? Make your own home made taco! Tastes better and is healthier for you…. just a thought

  193. Frodo says:

    I’ve eaten fried food my whole life, ate fruits and vegetables sprayed with DDT, smoked for twenty years, never worn a helmet, and never had a flu shot. I’m not overweight, am 64 years old, and never felt better in my life, thank you very much. Mind your own business and I’ll mind mine.

  194. Merritt says:

    I remember in high school I saw the boxes that the hamburgers shipped in for the cafeteria by the dumpster… they said “GRADE D, Edible”… Ha.

    Anyway, here’s my 2 cents: Taco Bell should just get rid of the 35% beef and go soy… the flavor’s probably all in the seasoning anyway.

    (I’m actually not a vegetarian, and am- and remain- a very devoted Taco Bell lover…. though the rat thing in New York set us back for a bit…)

  195. glennTX1966 says:

    Another law suit, to keep the trial lawyers with lots of funds, to grease their favorite leftist, communist, Marxist politicians elections kitty. Don’t like something hire a lawyer. Just don’t go to Taco bell if you worried about. It is junk food. Eat at home, fix your own food and you will not have to be concerned what is in it. Each man should be responsible for themselves. I don’t need the Government looking over my shoulder. Got enough laws and regulations now. Wake you drones or slaves to the Government.

  196. glennTX1966 says:

    Another law suit, to keep the trial lawyers with lots of funds, to grease their favorite leftist, communist, Marxist politicians elections kitty. Don’t like something hire a lawyer. Just don’t go to Taco bell if you worried about. It is junk food. Eat at home, fix your own food and you will not have to be concerned what is in it. Each man should be responsible for themselves. I don’t need the Government looking over my shoulder. Got enough laws and regulations now. Wake you drones or slaves to the Government.

  197. Wayne says:

    Who cares….tastes good!

  198. nauticalprep says:

    As much as I can honestly say, many times, I just love Taco Bell. Its sad, esp. after this even, but I have yet to have any problems with the food! 🙂

  199. Rechit says:

    How did the magots become contaminated with beef?

  200. Max Conrad says:

    I remember a comedian saying “Don’t you think it’s scary that you can feed a family of four at Taco Bell for less than a single can of dog food?”

    Now we know why.

  201. Lyn Willians says:

    I heard years ago from a guy who worked for Taco Bell that the company constantly bought grade D beef and ground their meat with all the hair on it. That is enough alone to make me never eat there again. I haven’t eaten there in more than 5 years….never will again.

  202. Brad says:

    Hey, if it only costs a buck, what do you guys expect? Certainly not the truth or that it only takes 35% to call it the truth.

  203. kenny says:

    Who gives a s##t ?

  204. Jeanne Chapman says:

    Well, when you put it that way…….YUM……..

  205. Wow says:

    This has always been public information, everybody has always known about it, taco bell has publicly listed their ingredients for more than 10 years, if you don’t know what you are eating until somebody sues it, you probably deserve to be eating it.

  206. DavidE says:

    Maybe they’ll start selling soylent green next wek…

  207. John says:

    I used to work as a mgr at Taco Bell. The claims are true. The meat is bought by a percentage of fillers, as Lip, utter, veins, and other by-products which make up about 30% in addition to the other non-beef fillers and binders it accounts for about a total of 65% of the meat substance. Although the binders and non-beef fillers have changed since bought by pepsico, even prior to that the meat has always had at least 30% of the lip, utter, viens, added fat, which is very noticeable uncooked and even non-cooked since the late 70’s

  208. New Wife says:

    I think I’ll stick with tube steak from now on.

  209. Bryan says:

    so don’t eat it. I don’t but can careless if someone else does. Obama and his clowns will make it illegial anyways……commies.

  210. cbowiephoto says:

    I keep wanting to say, “wheres the beef” but that was Wendys

  211. shine says:

    What about the chicken??????

  212. imnotrich says:

    Taco Bell’s avocado “flavoring” has no avocados in it either.
    Shut them down.

  213. Emily F says:

    Veggie Burrito is where it’s at anyway

  214. legalizemaryjane says:

    / \ Poor person who is on a budget and <3's Taco Bell!

  215. Greg says:

    People who eat Taco Bell deserve to get sick!

  216. Irene says:

    Hey, Mc. Donalds is still on their first cow.
    Its horrifing what people try and pass off as stuff now.
    Not just with the problem, but everything.

  217. Toni Reita ND says:

    Just when we thought that only the other False Food Joints were the really bad ones, here Taco Bell discloses their false food. Soy Lecithin?

    Read more about that GMO garbage here.

    Stay Healthy & eat real foods!

  218. ruby begonia says:

    you gets what u pay 4 as grandma always said. She also said if it don’t kill u it can’t be all bad. Everyman to his own taste said the farmer as he kissed the cow

  219. Kim says:

    The only people I see eating fast food are overweight or obese or chubby. Gotta love the love handles people are sporting. You look disgusting!!! The sad thing is you have complete control over what you eat so stop pigging out on junk.

  220. TB says:

    I love how everyone buys into anything the news decides to report on. What they lack to inform us all is how terrible a job the FDA does in doing their job! How many times have you looked at the back of a product and seen “ingredients and statements have not been approved by the FDA”? Then why is it on the shelf!? Partially due to the fact that they are controlled by big tobacco, and partially due to instances like this that result in the powerless sheeple gathering to banter back and forth on the inernet as apposed to facing the real source, the source we pay taxes so that we can trust our country is safely monitored and products offered are both safe and legal. Instead we are left to listen to biased uninformed reporters who are already thinking of their next story on the local swimming pools “code brown”. So here we are looking at eachother for answers rather than banding together and demanding results from our govt. and what they do with our money. PS The shrimp tacos were atleast 63% shrimp…and 100% delicious! Bring back the shrimp tacos and you bring back the people! I HEART TB!

  221. . says:

    Butbut, its delicious.

  222. K.marques says:

    I am more of a taco bueno fan yall!! Taco Bueno is nasty!!!

    1. k.marques says:

      sorry i meant taco bell

  223. Mike the Disgusting says:

    Can you get that anti-dusting agent at the store? Cause whatever they put in that there little bit o’ beef, it sure does taste good!!

    P.S. David – you’re right, I am disgusting! And, just so you know – I don’t judge you either!

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  225. shay says:

    I dont understand why they would serv ppl something if its not what it really is.. we go to the store and get 100 percent beef why cant they get thier resources the same way

  226. em says:

    What do people expect for the price you pay?

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  228. Joshua Moreno says:

    So what are the end results of this little dilema? Was the meat mix readjusted, is the case still continuing?