Taco Bell Crime of the Week: $5 Million Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Taco Bell Sells Fake Beef!

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In the world of taco fillings, it's Jack In the Box that legendarily doesn't offer complete beef in its taco. But a class-action lawsuit filed in United States Federal Court (Central District of California, Southern Division--that's SanTana, baby!) alleges that Taco Bell misleads consumers by advertising it sells beef in its tacos when it doesn't. The suit seeks $5 million in damages. That's a lot of chalupas!

You can find the lawsuit and the complaint here (from an Alabama firm, of all places, but the plaintiff, Amanda Obney, is a California resident of unknown provenance, although one law firm involved in the case is San Diego-based, and a quick Google search reveals news stories pegging an Amanda Obney to the San Diego region). It's a fascinating read, especially the part in which it defines what "beef" is and when the complaint acknowledges that "The 'chicken' and 'carne asada steak' served by Taco Bell is, in fact, chicken or carne asada steak. The 'seasoned beef,' however, is not beef." But instead of quoting from a pithy news story on the issue, I'm going to quote from the gut-wrenching complaint itself.

"Taco Bell's advertisements that it sells 'beef' menu items containing 'seasoned ground beef,' is unsubstantiated, false and misleading. The Products, unbeknownst to consumers, are comprised substantially of meat filling and are mislabeled. Taco Bell's 'seasoned beef' actually contains, among other ingredients, water, 'Isolated Oat Product,' wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate, as well as beef and seasonings."

Mmm, that's good anti-dusting agent! More--much more--to come on the lawsuit of the century. . . .


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Class Action Lawsuits
Class Action Lawsuits

Taco Bell has been under scrutiny for this for years, so it is good to know that the public will finally find out what exactly they are eating. I for one liked Taco Bell, but not after reading this!

rhg
rhg

If it does contain these ingredients they may have more future lawsuits because of all the people who are gluten intolerant and who's health may have been exacerbated because of eating gluten unbeknownst to them thinking it was beef.

MsLoveLy
MsLoveLy

it's still so good...gotta have my beef chalupa supreme!!!

Turtle
Turtle

Hmm I don't care much for taco bell, in fact I'm sick of it due to undisclosed reasons that only one person knows and will ever know. But the fact that taco bell sells fake beef makes me want a taco from there right now.

Melody
Melody

My Grandma used to put oats or crushed up crackers in the meatloaf ! Omg, were all gonna die ! lol :) Such silliness ! I don't know a soul who expects fast food fare to be healthy, or even REAL ! We buy it because its cheap, fast and easy, the big three ! A wise old woman told me in real life you can only ever choose two of the three ! I feel bad for the idiot who was buying a 39 cent taco and thinking they were getting the cream of the crop nutrition wise :) Its yummy cheap food, if it was Soilent Green someone would eat it lol ! Our market system is based on supply and demand and cheap tacos feed a lot of poor souls, Be grateful for that !

Sheers
Sheers

It does not say 100% beef, it tastes good and no one is holding a gun to your head to eat there. This is probably backed by their competition, a PR maneuver to smear the name and put the brakes on sales

briansays
briansays

run for the borderrun for the toilet 2 hours later

negatron5
negatron5

new slogan: Think out-side of the shell!

I like this for the very fact that it creates publicity on the subject. I had no idea they put all that stuff in there. Any negative campaigning like this will only produce a better product.

UT
UT

"Unbeknownst to consumers" ... who are incapable of looking at an ingredient list? Taco Bell isn't exactly hiding this info; it's posted right on their website:

http://www.tacobell.com/nutrit...

Seasoned Ground BeefBeef, 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

Enchantinglyexotic
Enchantinglyexotic

TVP, a meat replacement. If you are going to go after one fast food place then why not them all?

YeenVeen
YeenVeen

LOL, now why am I not surprised.

321DrTran
321DrTran

reminds og an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where Buffy works at the double meat palace and the management thinks Buffy has learned that the meat isn't actually meat but a vegetarian substitute with meat flavoring.

Your Granny's So Old....
Your Granny's So Old....

Hmmm, now being served at a retirement home near you.... Taco Bell tacos, so that the seasoned citizens can stop farting dust!

Conrad Heiney
Conrad Heiney

At least in the 1990s, the large frozen bags arriving at Taco Bell said "meat" on them. Not "beef." So maybe it's not just the oats we should worry about.

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

Enlightening! Now I will order some Taco Supremes to clean my room and rid it of dust instead of pledge!

Favian Orozco
Favian Orozco

Is this supposed to be NEW news? Any moron can buy a taco or even a burger for that matter and realize it's not %100 beef, and nowhere in their menu does it guarantee it, and not always do they specify that it is. What's next? Where do you find these rich idiots? They should drive to every fast food place around and sue them, I'm sure they'll improve the menus one lawsuit at a time. Thanks I guess?..

Jessica
Jessica

So it's almost vegetarian. Who woulda' thought.

RuggyBearLA
RuggyBearLA

Does anyone honest believe or even reasonably expect "real" food from Taco Bell or any other fast food place? I think the real news item here is that there seems at least some actual beef in the taco filling...

Anon
Anon

Note the lack of stray animals near Taco Bell restaurants.

Organic Antics
Organic Antics

I think I'd rather eat their filler than whatever shady meat they're using anyway...

Turnbu11
Turnbu11

Even if it isn't fake it sure tastes fake.

ND
ND

oatmeal tacos is in!

Geemireles
Geemireles

Can I get extra anti-dusting agent in mine please!!!

Dale Kemp
Dale Kemp

Maybe all that stuff is also considered seasoning. Doesn't everybody keep anti-dusting agent in the spice rack?

Justinashleyroberts
Justinashleyroberts

i worked there for ten years and it made me fat lol i should be able to sue for that!!

Sausage
Sausage

I used to, until I discovered Del Taco.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

For $1 I can have 2 tacos made of actual, recognizable meat on small tortillas that are actually tortillas, with salsa that's made by hand, and a cup of very sugary pineapple agua fresca... and that's not in Tijuana, that's in Huntington Beach.

Perotheus
Perotheus

HAHA! Well, as far as it goes, the cheese is probably filler-ingredient loaded too. And the Lettuce and tomato are covered in whatever preservatives deemed necessary. And the corn meal is genetically modified to hell and back...

IF YOU WANT REAL FOOD, and if you want to know more about what is in your food -- cook something for yourself. Even then, you don't know much about the meat... (shit, we can't win).

Bill T.
Bill T.

"guarantee"? If you purchase an item that says "carne asada" you don't expect it to be made from actual carne?

Tyeryn
Tyeryn

You sure as heck cannot get that in Waco, Texas....but I sure wish I could!

Favian Orozco
Favian Orozco

Maybe in la la land, but I have a clue on how these corporate businesses are run, they cut corners everywhere, don't tell me that during the recession people didn't thicken their sauces, stews, meatloaves with flour, etc... it's the same thing, you as a customer agreee to whatever "seasonings" they use in their "products." I expect real beef when like the angus burgers at these similar fast food places specify that they use only "%100 real angus" even then, it's ground beef, do you really know it's always %100 pure beef? You people need to get a life and realize you don't own the restaurants, so just stop visiting them if you don't like cheap food. THAT'S ALL IT IS CHEAP FOOD.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Tacos El Chavito. On weekdays they park on Morgan Lane just about a block south of Slater Ave. (and just west of Beach Blvd.). On weekends they park right at the end of Queens Ln. (where it turns left into Barton St.), one longish block north of Slater (and just west of Beach Blvd.)

Tacos are 2 for $1 and have to be ordered in pairs. Ask for agua de piña; it's free until they run out.

Favian Orozco
Favian Orozco

Then you're gonna have to sue every company out there that uses preservatives and "filler" chemicals/ingredients that keep the foods you eat on the store's shelves since there is no long term research or testing. Look at cancer statistics, you can blame fast food and convenience for that too. Who's next? Sue God for putting us in this predicament? It's your responsibility as an adult to be educated and to learn how to properly read ingredients, otherwise you'll end up eating couch cushions and comet detergent. It's marketing, next thing you're gonna tell us is In-N-Out isn't living up to it's name, therefore you are being misled cuz you spent 15 minutes in line, and you thought you were just going "In and out"

Prophet Bob
Prophet Bob

But not all people understand what's in the cheap fastfood, hence the purpose of the lawsuit claiming Taco Bell's advertising is misleading. Also, what evidence do we have that the fillers being used are actually safe for routine meals over the long-term? Consumers do have a right to know what they're buying and eating.

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