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Friday, February 4, 2011

Fat Friday - Is Taco Bell Serious?

"Attorneys question whether what Taco Bell calls ‘beef’ is actually beef"

Here are the highlights of the story...

"Rather than beef, these food items are actually made with a substance known as 'taco meat filling,' " the lawsuit says. The firm contends that Taco Bell shouldn't market the taco meat filling in question as beef because their testing shows that it only contains 36 percent ground beef. If that's true, Taco Bell's meat filling product would fall below the already generous USDA standard for it to qualify as meat -- the present standard demands it consist of at least 40 percent meat. This inspired Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz to crack, "Perhaps they should call it 'Almost Taco Meat Filling.'"

OK, Taco Bell serves crappy food. No big surprise. What bothers me is the USDA only requires 40% meat for a product to qualify as meat. According to the USDA's "Welcome Video" the USDA "ensures a safe, sustainable, and nutritious food supply for all Americans." Maybe I'm wrong but in my mind a standard of 40% is not safe or nutritious.

Taco Bell's "Steak" and "proprietary blend of seasonings and spices".

"Beef, Water, Seasoning [Modified Potato Starch, Salt, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Carrageenan, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Spices, Hot Sauce (Aged Red Peppers, Vinegar, Salt), Citric Acid, Sugar, Dehydrated Vinegar, Soybean Oil, Natural Flavors, Soybean Lecithin], Sodium Phosphates. Sauce: Water, Seasoning (Salt, Caramel Color, Modified Food Starch, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Garlic Powder, Xanthan Gum, Onion Powder, Beef Stock, Vinegar Solids, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Sugar, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Succinic Acid, Soy Lecithin, Beef Fat, Potassium Sorbate) Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, BHT. CONTAINS SOYBEANS"
WOW! That's a lot of ingredients for "Steak". When I make steak at home I have one ingredient... Steak.


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