Earlier this week, an Alabama law firm, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, filed a consumer rights class-action lawsuit against fast food chain Taco Bell, claiming that what is called “seasoned beef” contains only about 36 percent beef and does not meet the minimum requirements set by the USDA for a product to be called “beef” and that Taco Bell is facing heat for misleading consumers via false advertising.
According to the firm, a test revealed that this “meat mixture” contained ingredients like water, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, modified corn starch and an anti-dusting agent.
As stated on Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles‘ website, “The lawsuit seeks to require Taco Bell to properly advertise and label food items, and to engage in a corrective advertising campaign to educate the public about the true content of its food products.”
However, in a statement posted on the chain’s website, the Taco Bell president calls the lawsuit “bogus” and insists that the beef mix contains 88% beef and not 36%.
I don’t really care what the percentage of beef is—Personally, I still think Taco Bell is gross. If you need to prove you’re serving real food, there’s a problem. I’m still trying to figure what the plaintiff, Amanda Obney has against Taco Bell that would cause her to sue, but if you happen to hear of anything, I’d be curious to know! I do think it’s interesting, though, that she’s reportedly seeking the chain to educate consumers rather than pay her a big fat lump of money. However, if she is, in fact, wrong about the beef percentage in their products, she’s kind of in deep sh*t.
What do you think about this lawsuit? Ridiculous? Necessary? A sign of what’s to come?