>Don’t Run For The Border

>As my readers know, I deplore fast food. It’s bad for the people who eat it, it’s bad for the people who grow it, it’s bad for the people who harvest it, it’s bad for the neighborhoods where the restaurants are located. It’s just bad. I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say a big problem with America today is the prevalence of fast food.

So it’s about time someone sued these assholes for hawking poison as food:

“Where’s the beef?” Wendy’s restaurants once famously asked through its advertising, a swipe at its competitors’ burgers.

The same question is now being asked by a California woman regarding Taco Bell’s beef products, which she claims contain very little meat. So little, in fact, that she’s brought a false-advertising lawsuit against the huge fast-food chain.

The class-action suit, which does not ask for money, objects to Taco Bell calling its products “seasoned ground beef or seasoned beef, when in fact a substantial amount of the filling contains substances other than beef.”

It says Taco Bell’s ground beef is made of such components as water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate, as well as some beef and seasonings.

Just 35 percent of the taco filling was a solid, and just 15 percent overall was protein, said attorney W. Daniel “Dee” Miles III of the Montgomery, Ala., law firm Beasley Allen, which filed the suit.

“Taco Bell’s definition of ‘seasoned beef’ does not conform to consumers’ reasonable expectation or ordinary meaning of seasoned beef, which is beef and seasonings,” the suit says. Beef is the “flesh of cattle,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“You can’t call it beef by definition,” Miles said. “It’s junk. I wouldn’t eat it.”

When I was growing up back in the late ’60s and ’70s, we didn’t have Taco Bell. My mom made us tacos using 100% ground beef, which she browned in a giant iron skillet with fresh onions and garlic, and she bought corn tortillas which she fried in vegetable oil. And we topped it with tomatoes and onions and cheddar cheese and sometimes a dollop of fresh guacamole, if avocados were in season. And damn it was good.

That’s how we eat tacos at our house today. Sometimes if I’m lazy I buy the pre-made shells (organic, of course) but otherwise, that’s how you make a taco. Mr. Beale likes his a little spicier than I do, so he adds some cumin powder to his beef. And it’s real beef, not filled with Frankencrap like “isolated oat product,” “wheat oats,” “soy lecithin,” “maltodextrin,” “anti-dusting agent,” etc. What the hell are “wheat oats” anyway? Which is it? Wheat or oats?

Can I tell you how sick and tired I am of picking up fast food trash from the street in front of my house? We live near a Krystal’s and a Wendy’s, and just about every week some asshole finishes eating his or her chemically-modified sandwiches and tosses the bags out the window. Fuck you.

And when my church participated in this human rights action targeting Taco Bell, I learned a lot about how damaging this entire industry is, not just to our bodies but to our entire economy.

It’s a damn shame what the fast food industry has done to this country.

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12 responses to “>Don’t Run For The Border

  1. >Don't forget pink slime.If only it was just found in fast foods. Yecch!Actually I remember the first Taco Bell in La Jolla about 1969. Wiki says the first one in L.A. was in Torrance in 1964. I think the quality was probably a little bit better back then. Happily, the old Taco Bell is now a Rigoberto's. I stop in for fried fish tacos and pour on the hot sauce until it makes my eyes water.

  2. Jim

    >Ever notice how there are no stray cats and dogs around a Taco Bell? Just sayin…

  3. >I was trapped with some friends at the Las Vegas airport one day, due to all flights being delayed for some reason (I think it was weather all over the east coast, or some such).Anyways, we were there so long, we were given food coupons. And yes, we went to Taco Bell.That was in the 90s. I've never gone back to a Taco Bell "restaurant"..I felt that sick afterward.~

  4. >The one thing on which right and left appear to agree: TACO BELL SUCKS!See, who says bipartisanship is dead?

  5. Jim

    >SB – I may agree that it is not real beef, but I actually like the taste of Taco Bell. Deep down I am just not a very picky eater so if I am in a hurry and have only a couple bucks in my pocket, I will stop and eat there. I just acknowledge that it is crappy cheap food :).

  6. >But Jim, we've already established you have no taste. After all, you like the taste of conservative political leadership too. 🙂

  7. >IftheThunderdon'tgetc.,:90's, Airport Taco Bell, St. Louis, MO. Plane breakdown–not vouchered. Taco's (2) with colored sugar water, $5.00; three days of dysenrhea–not calculable; overnight stay at Desert Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, $2,800.

  8. >Once I had the nearly orgasmic pleasure of driving up to a stoplight in the lane next to some teenagers who threw out their McDonald's litter onto the street between our cars. I was in a postal uniform and driving a right-hand drive Jeep, so I was right next to them. I slid my door open, scooped up the shit (including drinks unfinished) and threw it right back in their car. "You dropped something!" I yelled, with the biggest smile. And it's a federal offense to harm a letter carrier…

  9. >Well, I agree that fast food is, by and large, junk. Busy families need to educate themselves about food available in grocery stores, that are basically heat and serve, that have at least some food value. I have the luxury of being able to plan and cook meals for my family. I look for sales, cook large amounts, and that makes for portable left-overs. But I have to agree that sometimes, Taco Bell is a guilty pleasure…

  10. >it seems odd that the lawyer is from Montgomery Alabama.maybe Alabama is more progressive than TN after all

  11. >Here's a guilty pleasure the whole family can enjoy. Junk food from the oven!Baked Chili Cheese Dogs6-pack of jumbo hot dogs6-pack Orowheat whole wheat buns8 oz. reduced fat cheddar cheese1/2 yellow onion1 can your favorite meat & beans chiliMustard to tasteBoil hot dogs 5 minutes, do not overcook. Grate the cheese. Chop up 1/2 cup of onions. Using a long bread knife, hollow out extra room in the buns. Assemble the chili dogs with a little cheese in the bottom, the dog, the chili, then top with cheese and onion. Add mustard if desired. Bake side by side in a metal pan 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with Ore-Ida crinkle cut baked french fries and your favorite beverage.