IRVINE (AP) — Taco Bell officials deny claims made in a lawsuit that the meat in their tacos and other products is not all beef.

Taco Bell President Greg Creed said Tuesday in a statement that the lawyers who filed the lawsuit got their facts wrong. He said Taco Bell plans to take legal action against those making the allegations. He did not explain specifically what Irvine-based Taco Bell would do.

A class-action lawsuit filed Friday by a Montgomery law firm says the Taco Bell meat mixture contains binders and fillers. The lawsuit claims Taco Bell falls short of the USDA’s requirement that its filling be at least 40 percent fresh meat.

Creed said that Taco Bell buys the same brands of beef sold in supermarkets. He said the beef is simmered in a blend of seasonings.

RELATED: Lawsuit Filed In Calif. Over Taco Bell Beef

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Comments (113)
  1. CA562DUDE says:

    Where’s the Beef ???

    1. Al says:

      I used to work at Taco Bell. The “seasonings” are soy fillers.

      1. Sorely Frickey says:

        “Soy” is Spanish for “I am vegan.”

    2. Dxer says:

      A few years back I had an email from TACO BELL stating that they add oatmeal to their beef mixture, I asked the question because I can’t tolerate gluten in my diet and the Bell stated oats were added. It may have been removed but at the time I asked it was an ingredient for sure.

      1. Abe says:

        There is no gluten in oats…

      2. ginny25 says:

        In response to Abe, as someone else that is a celiac (gluten intolerant), you need to know that oats do have glutens. Anything derived from wheat, rye and barley contain glutens. Rice oats are non-gluten.

    3. Mark Dandrea says:

      I’m not sure which is worse, soy or beef. Either way we suffer. Soy has phyto-estrogens and a number of other carcinogens while beef is loaded with saturated fat thanks to cattle being grain fed. The amount of one taco salad probably has from 500 to a thousand cows in it. Corn is subsidized so they cheaply feed cattle up to 90% grain when they are actually herbivores and should be eating grass.

      1. Bill says:

        Which is the real point of all this– to give the power to people like you to dictate what everyone else eats based on your mystical beliefs about what is healthy.

        It’s fascist is what it is.

      2. BillIsAMoron says:

        Bill is a moron. Break out a dictionary and learn what “fascism” is.

      3. MarkstheMoron says:

        So when did grains become animals? Herbivores eat plants. Grains are a part of plants. Seems to me Mark is the moron.

      4. JDubya says:

        Then don’t eat there, idiot.

      5. OtherMark says:

        By the way Mark, corn is a type of grass.

      6. Senior Wences says:

        Here’s a thought… Don’t eat at Taco Bell

      7. GRASSISBETTER says:

        The corn STALK is a type of grass, the CORN is a GRAIN. Cattle cannot effectively process GRAIN, it creates more OMEGA-6 than OMEGA-3 fats in their muscle. As someone that raises grass-fed cattle, we’ve realized the importance of raising our cattle on GRASS.

        It’s the equivalent of humans eating real, whole food, and junk food filled with things our body can’t handle.

      8. William says:

        Corn is subsidized so they cheaply feed cattle up to 90% grain when they are actually herbivores and should be eating grass.

        Think about what you just said… cows are herbivores…. grain…. grass…. lol

  2. Nick Sunset says:

    That would explain the prolonged following the consumption of one of their beef burritos.

    1. Kevin Stowell says:

      Prolonged what, Nick?

  3. Robert S. says:

    Some people use extenders, like oatmeal, along with other fillers and spices to make the meat go farther in a recipie………so what of it! Can you say…..counter sue!

    1. Ali says:

      to make meat go farther, there is usually less than 1/4 filler to at least 3/4 meat.
      This whole thing seems sickening to me. Don’t think I can ever eat another taco bell.

  4. Ramar bounds says:

    That so called meat is soy bean I used to work there they put spices in it to make it taste like its meat so people are being fooled like they are eating some good meat or ground beef.

  5. Tristan says:

    “Seasoned meat?” I haven’t seen the Taco Bell dog around in a while….

  6. jepende20 says:

    Who cares about fillers?!?!? Al I know is that Taco Bell crunchy tacos are DELICIOUS!

    1. p a stoll says:

      squirted from a caulk gun ewwwww

      1. Mommy I have to go NOW! says:

        …to being squirted out of you!!!

  7. Ramar bounds is full of it says:

    It’s mean with spices and starchy fillers. NOT some soy bean concoction.

  8. Albert Barlow says:

    lol, they use what is known as pre-cooked beef;
    That is beef that has tested positive for e-coli and rejected for sale in grocery stores. The e-coli is killed as the beef is simmered in the spices and filler.

    Mind you, yes it tastes good but it is the nutritional equal of salted sterilized cow dung.

    That’s the story. The FDA allows mega corporations to process meat flagged as contaminated and sell it as safe.

    Of course, I wasn’t expecting an intelligent story here.

    1. doug s says:

      You weren’t expecting an intelligent article so you figured you might actually understand it?

    2. Hp Loveshaft says:

      Cool story, bro. Now spin us another piece of fiction.

    3. George says:

      Albert, you’re full of it.

    4. Dave says:

      For everyone calling Albert Barlow a quack…. A quick check on Google reveals that the Chicago Sun-Times said exactly the same thing!

      “A U.S. Agriculture Department regulation allows processing plants to sell meat that tests positive for E.coli. … The USDA supports this regulation, citing that commercial cooking kills the E.coli bacteria, making it safe to eat. Most of the pre-cooked beef approved for sale is used in meatloaf, hamburgers and TAXO FILLING.”

      They don’t even call it taco MEAT!!

      1. Jahnke says:

        Albert is exactly right. Most of the smells that your nose picks up in a fast food restaurant are chemicals, not odors from real food. They “flavor” (if you will) the food with these chemicals to make them smell good to human beings.

        Fast food is pure evil, stay far away from it. The FDA is closer to the mob than a government agency that looks out for consumers. They take payoffs from every large corporation out there. Beware!

  9. Zymon says:

    Less meat you eat, the healthier you are

    1. lionfour says:

      I am going to quote Ron White:
      “I didn’t rise to the top of the food chain to eat carrots!”
      Nature has provided humans with something called
      CANINE TEETH….they are not there to handle TOFU.

      1. js says:

        I agree with Ron White also 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Rob says:

    Doesn’t anyone else find it disturbing that it only has to be 40% meat?

  11. Kevin Hartman says:

    I used to work for the company that supplies the “beef” for Taco Bell – it is beef fat and caramel coloring and soy bean meal pushed thru an extruder to create the shape.

  12. alpo says:

    sounds more like the ingredients in a can of Alpo dog food .

    1. Ali says:

      Truth is, Alpo may be better than this with cut in utters and everything else. Remember when they said Grandma could only afford dog food?

  13. Ted says:

    where can i get some coupons for free tacos??

  14. LipsSnoutsHoofsSphincters says:

    You know, a lot of things can be used and still qualify as 100% beef.

  15. Cat says:

    I’d like a few tacos while i digest this story ….nomNOMnom

  16. coffeeman says:

    Another true statement- “100% all beef patties (beef lips and tongue)

  17. Steve says:

    Soy is a hell of a lot healthier than beef!

    1. Margaret Booth says:

      Most soybeans are genectically modified. They are not fit for human consumption. Meat is not good either because the animals eat the GMO grains and then it’s transferred to humans.

      1. bill says:

        Exactly, GMO isn’t even allowed in many parts of the world……….Monsanto = EVIL

      2. Kurtiss says:

        Oh no, we’re all gonna die!

    2. bill says:

      not if it is GMO soy

    3. Dave says:

      Soy also wreaks havoc on your thyroid if you already have issues, and it interferes with the production of testosterone. Enjoy your man-boobs.

  18. Edward Sonner says:

    I thought eating soy substitutes for meat was healthier?

    1. Ali says:

      Once in a while is ok, but too much soy isn’t good for many people. I’ve quit using soy oil and check all the bread I buy to make sure there isn’t soy in it. Surprisingly, most bread has soy in it.

  19. Mike says:

    Allergy to soy is common. I know several people who are allergic to it.

    1. Ali says:

      Yes, my mom is extremely allergic to soy in even small amounts. Taco Bell better watch out for selling meat filled with soy and fillers.

  20. duh!!!! says:

    wait a minute! for my 99 cent taco, I’m not getting grade A Kobe beef? what a scam!!!!

  21. Bobster says:

    There is only one food that is safe. That is 100% pure rain water. This has been known since 1962, and was published by Gen Jack D. Ripper in “Dr. Strangelove.”

    Since its publication in 1962, I have consumed nothing but rainwater. I was 68 then, and now I am 97. I have actually gotten stronger and younger on my rainwater diet. Last week, I rsn the 100 meter dash in 11.0 sec, then shot a 67 on my 7200 yd, 142-slope home course from the black tees. A rainwater diet is better than vegan, and far more socially responsible. Thank you God, for making me better than other people! And thank you Jack, for alerting me to this!

    1. Illinois says:

      Unfortunatley rainwater has impaired your ability to use simple math: (2011-1962=49. 68+49=117) Not 97. It has also affected your spelling:”.I rsn the 100 meter dash…”. I think you may have ment I ran the 100 meter dash…darn rainwater.

      1. Mark says:

        “Unfortunatley” “Ment” Nice try Mr. Spelling Champ. 🙂 Ha ha ha ha ha.

  22. Fuzzy says:

    This dialog is certainly more palatable, excuse the pun, than the State of The Union speech! Thank you!

  23. John says:

    I used to work as Taco Bell as a Mgr and meat is order with about 30% lip, utter, veins, and fat then there are the fillers and stabilizers which bring it up to the percent listed in the article.Back in the late 70’s before it changed to pepsico we cooked the meat fresh at the store prior to putting in the steam table to serve. There was the meat with the 30% lip,utter, veins, fat and other meat, which you could see clearly before it was cooked. I have noticed the quality of Taco Time meat has also degraded over what it once was back in the late 70’s early 80’s also.

    1. Ali says:

      YUK! That did it, I really, really will never eat Taco Bell or any other places that use hamburger meat, or Arby’s who use fillers in their roasts and compress them. In fact the thought of lunch meat makes me want to gag. What you don’t know won’t hurt you, or will it? Few places I can eat anymore.

    2. McSorley says:

      Yea I worked for them in 1984 and the meat seamed pretty descent when I took it out of the package to cook it. The spice bags seamed a bit strange because it looked like spices and saw dust but not sure what it was exactly.

    3. js says:

      I will NOT eat taco bell’s meat ever again, thank you for the information:)

  24. Scott K says:

    Hmm… adding oats, soy, and starches might actually improve the meat’s nutritional qualities.

    1. dester says:

      Hmm…you can eat oats, soy and starches, I prefer to eat things that eat oats, soy and starches!

  25. Will says:

    I used to work at Taco Bell, and it’s beef. I don’t know what these people claiming it was some sort of soy product are talking about. All I know is, when I worked there, it was real beef.

  26. Dr. Bombay says:

    “I don’t even butter my bread; I consider that cooking.”
    – Katherine Cebrian

  27. Renato Sturlic says:

    COME ON FOLKS! “Don’t eat meat because it’s bad,” “Don’t eat soy because it’s bad,” and all those “chemical pesticides” on vegetables makes eating them bad too. And if you eat “organic” vegetables, well that means that it is grown the old fashioned way – IN MANURE. Growing things in manure greatly increases your chances of getting Ecoli, which is found in animal feces (i.e. manure).

    QUIT OBSESSING! If you like it, eat it. If you don’t, don’t.

  28. JC says:

    Fast food is fast food. It will never be high quality & almost certainly not healthy (of course they have healthier menu options, but what’s the point?). There is 1 big hamburger chain that is the main competitor at auction against one of the big name dog food manufacturers (that company doesn’t even make hamburgers, just pet food & other stuff). So, do you want to buy hamburgers from “them” or the other hamburger joints who are bidding against the big grocery chains & Sam’s/Costco etc……?

  29. Amy Rogers says:

    People always talk bad about those moving taco trucks that park in different areas but I’m 110% sure that their tacos have a lot more real beef and less chemicals then Taco Bell’s for the same price or less. Point being, next time you see one of the trucks and your hungry…try them out. They are not a greedy corporation and actually care about their customers. I now get my tacos and burritos from these moving trucks and I’m a white women who is also a RN. These trucks are just as sanitary if not better then the 18 year olds serve you at most fast food restaurants =)

  30. Cow Boy says:

    Beef? I used to work at a cattle auction in Coffeyville, KS and the last auction of the day would be all the diseased cows. My friends would tell me what all the diseases were, and some of the cows were very sick. And the only bidder every time was the McDonalds regional buyer. They bought all the diseased cows cheap. Did it stop me? Nope I still eat that stuff, just not very often.

  31. McSorley says:

    I used to work at taco bell when I was in high school and assuming they do things the same way as they did back then. I used to pull out a large package of ground beef and as it was cooking stir in about 4 cups of seasoning which appeared to me to be spices and something that resembled a starchy saw dust. The ingredients for the spice packet are pre-mixed so no telling what was in it but I can say the finished meat was roughly 1 part seasoning to about 8 parts ground beef.

    The lawsuit seams totally bogus to me based on my experience.

  32. garry jones says:

    It looks like 50% of the population has worked at Taco Bell.

  33. rugsplinter says:

    I’d just like to point out how many so-called experts on Taco Bell meat misspelled the word “udders” in their comments.

  34. Louis Cipher says:

    if any of you thought that there was anything good at Taco Bell, I have an amazing investment opportunity to tell you about with this Nigerian prince…

  35. commonsense247 says:

    “The lawsuit claims Taco Bell falls short of the USDA’s requirement that its filling be at least 40 percent fresh meat.”

    Prove that and you have a case. Otherwise quit the whining and go buy a Chalupa.

  36. PHILLYJIM says:

    if you know what the cheese they put on those tacos is really made of, like i do, you would have to assume that the meat is far from being all beef. I cant even go in the place.

  37. benotshallow says:

    This brave new Godless world is terrified of death and obsessed with health. Sorry to state the obvious, but we’re all going to die.

  38. Bob says:

    OK, all I really care about is that they bring back my Mondo Pizza. Does anyone remember that promotional item from the 1990s? And, who cares if they add oats to their meat. Aren’t oats good for you?

  39. Perry says:

    People are concerned about the filler?
    Read “Eating Animals”. People should be more concerned about the blood, feces and other bacteria the US government allows on the beef we eat. Deep line lobbyists pockets…..

  40. boog says:

    bills a moron is a moron. Everyone knows the liberal left wants to force their vegan lifestyle on everyone else. You break out the dictionary and calm your peta friends down.

  41. PowerPC says:

    I do not care what they put in it because I do not eat at Taco Bell. I get gas just driving by a Taco Bell.

  42. Lumpy says:

    It’s a low grade mixture of beef and filler, yet they are still very stingy with
    the portioning.
    You order a taco and you get a tablespoon of beef, a pinch of cheese,
    and about a half a pound of ice-berg lettuce.

  43. ladini says:

    It’s 39% Beef, 60% Chihuahua….

  44. floydhowardjr says:

    Everyone should be concerned that business is cutting costs in these stormy economic times by adulterating further their adulterated products in the name of expediency and cost-cutting. Every corporation that hires a CEO in the name of superior dividends is doomed to being squeezed dry by upper management and relegated to the ash heap of has been ideas; all along calling it innovation. Sayonara excellence. You don’t live here anymore. Hello third world, we embrace you.

  45. mitch52 says:

    So you really thought you were getting a STEAK burrito for 99cents?

  46. john says:

    Taco Bell: Our Beef Mixture Is Seasoned Meat – um what????
    What Kind of MEAT?

    What about Beef – is it seasoned BEEF or Season MEAT?
    What Kind of MEAT? Cat – Dog – Hampster

    1. johnb says:

      You never see stray pets around a chinese restaurant

  47. BH says:

    We use to eat soy burgers in school. The schools probably still serve them.

  48. Sam says:

    I won’t ever eat there again. I never at that “ground meat” as it tasted so bad, but I don’t trust anything there now.

  49. John says:

    Don’t eat caca smell

  50. john says:

    It’s not the rain water, it’s the tacos fault.

  51. johnb says:

    They use everything but the moo in TB ground beef

  52. Soy? More like soy sauce! says:

    Y’kno who eats A LOT of soy everyday? The CHINESE! Is taco bell trying to make us into one of them? Take your good math / poor driving skills somewhere else!

  53. danver says:

    It’s made from horses, you all are fools

  54. alex says:

    Rule of thumb…You should never eat any meat that is cheaper than dog food.

  55. Silas Marner says:

    Order the steak taco. Problem solved.

  56. Thomas In Newport says:

    You are all wrong! Go harvest a deer and cook it yourself. Better for you and the environment.

    1. js says:

      There ya go! I love deer meat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. lionfour says:

    If you have any “Hocko” Bell stock you’d better sell,
    they are about to take a big hit.

  58. The lawsuit claims Taco Bell falls short of the USDA’s requirement that its filling be at least 40 percent fresh meat.

    Is anybody else afraid of what the other 60% is. btw we are probably all better off if it is soy and/or oats. lol

  59. altonwoods says:

    I’ve heard that Arby’s is made from kangaroo meat…just sayin

  60. MeetLuvr says:

    PETA= People Eating Tasty Animals.

  61. ROB says:

    I now add oats to my ground meat and salsa when making taco meat at home. (True). It blends right in and you’d never know. Pretty damn good actually!