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Taco Bell meat shocker: 'Ground beef' is only 35 percent meat

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Taco Bell meat: 65% non-meat

An Alabama law firm filed a class-action lawsuit against Taco Bell for false advertising -- turns out the "ground beef" they put in their food is only 35 percent beef. Read on to learn more about this disgusting revelation.

Taco Bell Meat is only 35 percent meat

It's probably time to think inside the bun again.

Why? Because we're not really getting meat when we order tacos at fast food giant Taco Bell. Instead, we're only getting 35 percent beef.

Yuck.

Taco Bell lies about meat

A Montgomery, Ala. Law firm filed a class-action lawsuit against the taco chain for false advertising thanks to their claims of tacos containing "ground beef."

We'd hardly call it meat. If anything, we'd call it absolutely disgusting. The remaining 65 percent of the Taco Bell "taco meat filling" contains: water, isolated oat product, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, oats (wheat), soy lecithin, sugar, spices, maltodextrin, soybean oil (anti-dusting agent), garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, caramel color, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), natural flavors, yeast, modified corn starch, natural smoke flavor, salt, sodium phosphate, less than 2% of beef broth, potassium phosphate,  potassium lactate, caramel color and smoke flavoring.

Got all that? It's a mouthful for something that should just say "ground beef."

We have no idea what most of these ingredients mean -- but we're pretty darn sure silicon dioxide sounds pretty dangerous. But it must be edible if they put it in the meat, right?

Taco Bell lawsuit

"Our government, through the USDA and FDA, provides definitions, standards and labeling guidelines for 'ground beef.' What Taco Bell is representing on their restaurant menu as 'ground beef' does not meet any of those definitions, standards and labeling guidelines," Beasley Allen attorney Dee Miles said in a statement.

"This product does not qualify to be considered 'ground beef' and many of the 'seasoning' ingredients are in fact binders, fillers and coloring. These ingredients increase the overall volume of this product, reducing the actual 'beef' content per serving. It is against the law in this country to take someone's money for a product that is misrepresented. This lawsuit seeks to put a stop to that type of conduct and practice."

Do you think this will make Taco Bell change their "meat?" Will you ever eat there again?

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