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The article notes that the lawsuit claims Taco Bell should not be permitted to use the term, “ground beef,” to describe their taco filling and instead should be required to inform its customers that it uses, “taco meat filling,” something which the boxes delivered to Taco Bell stores are noted as being being that the “meat” contains mostly, “‘extenders’ and other non-meat substances.”
From the article:
What are these substances? The document lists 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.
The USDA’s definition of ground beef states:
What’s the difference between “hamburger” and “ground beef”?
Beef fat may be added to “hamburger,” but not “ground beef.” A maximum of 30% fat is allowed in either hamburger or ground beef. Both hamburger and ground beef can have seasonings, but no water, phosphates, extenders, or binders added. The labeling of meat food products must comply with the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) and the meat inspection regulations and labeling policies.
Most states and cities set standards for store-packaged ground beef which, by law, cannot be less than Federal standards. If products in retail stores were found to contain more than 30% fat, they would be considered “misbranded” under Federal law.
It’s pretty clear why the Taco Bell diet was working so very well for some–it’s less meat and more extenders. Fillers full of fiber (which I assume oat product, wheat oats, etc all contain) is a great way for people to lose weight. Feel full and have digestion slow down. Perfect!
Based on the USDA’s quoted definition, the claims made in the Alabama lawsuit, and your own experiences with Taco Bell, do you believe that Taco Bell has ‘misbranded’ their products as containing ground beef? Do you think that Taco Bell will do what McDonald’s did when Wendy’s began advertising its all-white meat chicken nuggets and change the type of “meat” they are using or will they just change the wording used? Will this stop you from eating Taco Bell? Is this the reason why Taco Bell’s diet was working for some? Whatever you have to say about the lawsuit against Taco Bell for its “ground beef” go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.