The great meat debate: Taco Bell has a beef with this lawsuit

Yesterday, we reported that the Louisiana-based law firm of Beasley Allen had filed suit against Taco Bell, alleging that there wasn't enough beef in the taco filling to justify calling it "beef." In fact, the firm charged, the alleged "beef" contained only 36 percent meat and 64 percent extenders, made from such yummy things as isolated oat product and sodium phosphate.

Taco Bell has now fired back, saying that not only are the accusations bogus, but that the company plans to take legal action against Beasley Allen.

Here's the official statement from Taco Bell:

At Taco Bell, we buy our beef from the same trusted brands you find in the supermarket, like Tyson Foods. We start with 100 percent USDA-inspected beef. Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture. We are proud of the quality of our beef and identify all the seasoning and spice ingredients on our website. Unfortunately, the lawyers in this case elected to sue first and ask questions later -- and got their "facts" absolutely wrong. We plan to take legal action for the false statements being made about our food.

Greg Creed President and Chief Concept Officer Taco Bell Corp.

So there you have it: Those extenders are actually seasoning. Seasoning that accounts for 64 percent of the filling.

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