Taco Bell Insists: It's Beef

And not just 36% beef: 100%, says prez
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2011 6:34 AM CST

(Newser) – Mystery meat? No way, says Taco Bell. The fast food chain's president insists its beef products are made from "100% USDA-inspected beef." Of course, the beef also includes other ingredients like oats, soy lectithin, sugar, soybean oil, garlic powder, yeast extract, citric acid, and cocoa powder. But in a statement that swings back at yesterday’s claim that Taco Bell's meat filling is only 36% meat, Greg Creed writes those and other ingredients are simply part of the “proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture.”

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Creed also threatened legal action against those making the claims, the AP reports, but a lawyer for the firm that made the allegation in a lawsuit says they “stand on the absolute facts” and are not concerned. Click for more on the lawsuit.
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