REALITY CHECK: Taco Bell Sued For Falsely Advertising Mysterious Meat-Like Substance As Beef

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FOX NEWS: The suit against the YUM-brands chain also has a “beef” with the company’s advertising, charging its claims of using “seasoned ground beef” or “seasoned beef” in its food products is false. According to the suit filed by the Alabama law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, the YUM-brands owned chain is using a meat mixture that contains binders and extenders, and does not meet the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be labeled as “beef.” Attorney Dee Miles said the meat mixture contained just 35 percent beef, with the remaining 65 percent containing water, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent and modified corn starch. The suit was filed on behalf of Taco Bell customer and California resident Amanda Obney, who is not seeking monetary damages, but instead wants a court to order Taco Bell to be honest in its advertising. “We are asking that they stop saying that they are selling beef,” Miles said. MORE

RELATED: Another fast-food group, Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc., is making plans to ditch one of its brands, in this case Arby’s, home of the great roast beef sandwich, and in some locations, the delectable potato cake. Wendy’s/Arby’s Group said it is “exploring strategic alternatives” for Arby’s, which usually means the chain is on the block. Earlier this week, our friends at Yum Brands said they were keeping Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC, but looking to sell Long John Silver’s and A&W, home of the best on-tap root beer ever. MORE

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