What’s in Taco Bell’s “Beef”? Only 36% Actual Beef… and Sand
A California woman has filed a lawsuit against Taco Bell, the popular Mexican-inspired fast-food chain, claiming their beef products aren’t as beefy as the restaurant says. CBS News says Amanda Obney, who filed the lawsuit, isn’t looking for any monetary award. She just wants Taco Bell to be honest about what’s in the food they’re selling.
Obney hired Montgomery, Alabama law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles to represent her. If you think the firm’s name is a mouthful, just wait until you get a load of the 24 different ingredients that make up Taco Bell’s “beef.”
While attorney Dee Miles tested the chain’s “meat mixture” and found it contained only 36% actual beef, some of the more dodgy components in the meat were: maltodextrin, xanthan gum, calcium propionate, fumaric acid, and silicon dioxide.
You may not think you’ve have heard of any of those ingredients before, but I bet you have. Silicon dioxide is one of the most common ingredients on earth–literally– but it has no place going in your mouth. That’s because silicon dioxide is sand.
And you thought that crunchy taste in your Beefy Crunch Burrito was those Flamin’ Hot Fritos they stuff inside!
Why sand? According to Men’s Health, Taco Bell says the silicon dioxide prevents the “beef” from clumping together during shipping and processing.
Taco Bell is standing by its “beef.” “At Taco Bell, we buy our beef from the same trusted brands you find in the supermarket,” company president Greg Creed explained. “We start with 100% USDA-inspected beef,” he said.
Yes, and Glenn Beck started out as a liberal. Really.
(Disclaimer: the author worked for Taco Bell as a teenager, 20 years ago.)
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