Taco Bell Proclaims: Our Meat Is ... 88% Meat!
And we make it just like you make meatballs
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2011 10:35 AM CST
Taco Bell taco is 88% meat!   (©dmuth)

(Newser) – The drama over Taco Bell's meat-or-not just keeps getting better and better. After issuing a statement arguing that its meat was, in fact, meat, it has released another statement that attaches a number to that proclamation: "Our seasoned beef recipe contains 88% quality USDA-inspected beef." And that approach is just like mom's! Writes President Greg Creed, "When you make chili, meatloaf or meatballs, you add your own recipe of seasoning and spices to give the beef flavor and texture, otherwise, it would taste just like unseasoned ground beef."

And he breaks down the remaining 12%, notes the Consumerist: 3%-5% each of water, spices, and "other ingredients" like oats, starch, and sugar. Click for more fast-food-ingredient drama—did you know McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal contains no maple?

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UmbrellaExecutive
Jan 27, 2011 5:56 PM CST
All I know is it's 100% tasty and I am going to keep eating it until life expectancy is on the down swing.
neutralzone
Jan 27, 2011 2:44 PM CST
What, there aren't enough fastfood chinese chain-eateries out there to question? Just asking. Oh, there isn't one yet...
fractal
Jan 27, 2011 1:10 PM CST
I do not believe it. The article that said it was a third beef is closer. Unless they are counting ground bone, gristle etc.... as meat.