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Taco Bell Meat: Where's The Beef?

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Taco Bell's beef has come under fire, but if only 36 percent of the "beef" is actually beef by volume, what's the rest made of?

Ranging from cocoa power to terms as generic as "spices," the other 64 percent is made up of a wide range of fillers, extenders and preservatives.

Can this be called beef at all? The Alabama law firm bringing the suit against the chain doesn't think so.

From Gizmodo:

According to the USDA, they can't call their mixture "beef" at all. Beef is defined by the USDA as "flesh of cattle", and ground beef is defined as:

Chopped fresh and/or frozen beef with or without seasoning and without the addition of beef fat as such, shall not contain more than 30 percent fat, and shall not contain added water, phosphates, binders, or extenders.

The full list of ingredients in "Taco Meat Filling" is below.

Taco Bell Beef Ingredients:

  1. Water
  2. Isolated oat product
  3. Salt
  4. Chili pepper
  5. Onion powder
  6. Tomato powder
  7. Oats (wheat)
  8. Soy lecithin
  9. Sugar
  10. Spices
  11. Maltodextrin (a polysaccharide that is absorbed as glucose)
  12. Soybean oil (anti-dusting agent)
  13. Garlic powder
  14. Autolyzed yeast extract
  15. Citric acid, caramel color
  16. Cocoa powder
  17. Silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent)
  18. Natural flavors
  19. Yeast
  20. Modified corn starch
  21. Natural smoke flavor
  22. Salt
  23. Sodium phosphate
  24. Less than 2% of beef broth
  25. Potassium phosphate
  26. Potassium lactate
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