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If you’re old enough to remember that from the old Wendy’s commercials, well, then you’re old.

Where's the beef?

These old broads ladies were quite the rage back in the 70s and 80s.  And Wendy’s restaurants challenged the rest of the burger world to beef UP their burgers and make the beef fit the bun.

Well, now it’s Taco Bell that is being asked that question.

Gosh, I miss this little guy!

Attorneys in Alabama are questioning if the beef in the Taco Bell menu items is really beef!

Please tell me it is.

Everyone knows that Taco Bell is the “open late stop for stoners and other hungry folks”, and Lord knows I don’t want anything in my tacos but beef.

The USDA standard for what constitutes beef is pretty clear:  flesh of animals.

Wait a minute, that’s not too clear if you ask me!

Taco Bell says: “”Our taco meat is made from USDA-inspected beef and is subjected to quality check points. It tastes great because it’s simmered in 12 authentic seasonings and spices and is never frozen. Moreover, our taco meat is leaner than what you’ll find in a restaurant-cooked hamburger because of the unique way that we prepare our taco meat and remove fat.”

But the Alabama law firm of Beasley Allen says, “liar, liar pants on fire!”

The firm contends that that Taco Bell shouldn’t market the taco meat filling as beef because their testing shows that it only contains 36 percent ground beef. 

Oh crap!

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.

Generous!!!!  Seriously folks, I was hoping for 100% meat!

According to the law suit and the “tassled loafer wearin’ lawyers” from Alabama,  “The remainder of the Taco Bell’s meat filling product consists of “extenders” like water, “Isolated Oat Product,” wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch, sodium phosphate and silicon dioxide.”

Again, I say, “Oh crap!”

The Bell boys actually address the silicon dioxide issue on their “Food Facts” website.  They say, “silicone dioxide is “a safe, common food ingredient that’s primarily used in food to prevent ingredients from sticking together.”

Ah, gross!

Taco Bell did issue a response to some questioners: 

At Taco Bell, we buy our beef from the same trusted brands you find in the supermarket, like Tyson Foods. We start with 100 percent USDA-inspected beef. Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture. We are proud of the quality of our beef and identify all the seasoning and spice ingredients on our website. Unfortunately, the lawyers in this case elected to sue first and ask questions later — and got their “facts” absolutely wrong. We plan to take legal action for the false statements being made about our food.”

This comes from Taco Bell President and Chief Concept Officer, Greg Creed.

This kind of press is bad for Taco Bell, and I love Taco Bell; I’m just hoping the lawyers are wrong…they are sometimes, aren’t they?

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