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Good Question: How much of meat is really meat?

Do you really know what your eating when you order at a fast food restaurant?

A class action lawsuit recently filed against Taco Bell has many asking where's the beef?

Good Question: How much of meat is really meat?

The suit filed by an Alabama law firm claims Taco Bell menu items advertised with seasoned beef actually contain a filling made up of mostly, "non meat substances," including soybean oil and silicone dioxide, ingredients that don'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," said Dee Miles the Class Action Lawsuit Attorney.

So what's in the other 65%?

Taco Bell with 5600 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."

The Department of Agriculture requires food labeled "ground beef" to be 100% ground beef, although seasonings are allowed.

The maximum amount of fat allowed is 30%.

Taco meat filling needs to have at least 40% beef, according to the USDA.

Internal labeling for Taco Bell's meat product is "taco meat filling."

The suit alleges products, such as beef tacos and burritos, advertised with seasoned beef actually contain a filling made up of mostly "non-meat" substances

Experts say the confusion might be a marketing snafu rather than a legal food labeling one for the fast food giant.

As for some nutritionists and others they 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," said Tanya Zuckerbort.

Taco Bell claims on its website their recipe for seasoned beef includes ingredients you would find in your home or in the supermarket aisle today, including the use of 88% USDA inspected quality beef.


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