By Mike Bauman
A law firm in Alabama is suing Taco Bell over its use of the word “beef” in the description of some of its products.
Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles; PC, claims in its class action filing that Taco Bell’s “beef” consists of fillers and by-products but does not have enough actual meat in it to meet the US Department of Agriculture’s requirements to be called “beef.” According to the firm, this amounts to false advertising by the company.
In a press release, Taco Bell asserts, “Taco Bell prides itself on serving high quality Mexican-inspired food with great value. We’re happy that the millions of customers we serve every week agree. We deny our advertising is misleading in any way and we intend to vigorously defend the suit.”
In the suit, Beasley requests Taco Bell be ordered to “properly advertise and label food items, and to engage in a corrective advertising campaign to educate the public about the true content of its food products.”
Taco Bell patrons we spoke to seemed undaunted. ”I don’t really care. It tastes good and it’s cheap,” said one patron, who said his name was Sam.