Taco Bell President Greg Creed spoke out on Thursday against a California woman’s class action lawsuit over his company’s taco meat filling, calling the suit “bogus and filled with completely inaccurate facts,” ABC News reported.
“There is no basis actually or reality for this suit, and we’ll vigorously defend the caliber of our products from frivolous and misleading claims similar to this,” wrote Creed inside a statement about the suit.
The lawsuit was filed on January 19 through the California law firms Blood, Hurst & O’Reardon and Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles with respect to Amanda Obney. The suit alleges that Taco Bell’s beef filling is 65 percent binders, extenders, preservatives, additives along with other agents, and seeks to prevent the fast food chain from calling the filling “beef”.
However, Creed strongly disputes the claim.
“Our seasoned beef recipe contains 88 percent quality USDA-inspected beef and 12 % seasonings, spices, water and other things that provide taste, texture and moisture,” he explained.
“The lawyers got their facts wrong. We take this attack on our quality very seriously and plan to file suit them for making false statements about our products.”
Creed said Taco Bell utilizes a proprietary recipe that adds flavor and texture to the seasoned beef, “exactly like you would with any recipe you cook in your own home.”
The final product contains 3 to 5 percent water for moisture, Three to five percent spices, and 3 to 5 percent oats, starch, sugar, yeast, citric acid, and other ingredients you’d find at home or within the supermarket, he explained.
“Our seasoned beef contains no ‘extenders’ to add volume, as some might use.”
Obney’s lawsuit has generated considerable media attention, something Creed said his company takes seriously.
“We take this attack on our quality seriously and plan to file suit them for making false statements about our products,” Creed said.
However, the law firm that filed the suit maintains its position that Taco Bell is misrepresenting its product.
“We’re disappointed that Taco Bell chooses to repeat its false statements instead of simply tell the truth,” ABC news cited Timothy Blood, a lawyer with Blood, Hurst &
O’Reardon LLP, as saying.
“Food additives for example isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agents, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate are neither beef nor spices.”
Blood said what the law states firm has received numerous e-mails and calls since filing the suit from Wendy’s customers who reported suffering “severe allergic reactions from eating the food additives in Taco Bell’s beef-flavored foods.”
“We urge Taco Bell to be at least as interested in the well-being of its customers as it is in marketing, pr and profit,” Blood said.
A full list of Taco Bell’s ingredients can be seen at the company’s Web site.