When you go to your favorite fast food restaurant, how do you know the meat is really meat? A class-action lawsuit against Taco Bell could reveal exactly what's in its beef.
The suit, filed in a California court claims Taco Bell menu items advertised with seasoned beef actually contain a filling made up of mostly, ""non meat substances"" including soybean oil and silicon dioxide, that wouldn't measure up to USDA standards to be called beef.
""According to the tests that we have taken, the taco meat filling is again about 35% meat,"" claims Dee Miles, an attorney representing the class action.
Taco Bell, with 5,600 restaurants, is fighting back saying in a statement it will take legal action against those who filed the suit for making ""false claims"" and ""We are proud of the quality of our beef and identify all the seasoning and spice ingredients on our Website.""
As for their customers, those we spoke with weren't concerned about the lawsuit, or Taco Bell's beef.
""I just read about it, that's why I got hungry."" said one. ""If I expect it to be 100% beef, I expect to pay more than what 99 cents for it, so it's kind of a given,"" said another.
(Don) -""You want some tacos? I got bought?"" -- Girl in car: ""No, (laugh) I don't want them now.""
Nutritionists and others who eat healthier than me have always been skeptical of fast food.
""If you're thinking that you're getting beef but you're actually getting something else, it could put your health at risk,"" cautions Tanya Zuckerbort, a registered nutritionist.
As for the Taco Bell lawsuit, only time and appetite will tell if the negative PR stops anyone from making a run for the border.