Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Where's the Beef?

Apparently it isn't in your Taco.

You'll have to pardon the puns, but...

Taco Bell might want to change it's "Think Outside the Bun" campaign to "What's Really in That Taco?" after a class-action lawsuit filed against the fast-food giant claimed its taco filler doesn't, um, "meat" federal standards.

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.”

And so it goes. I imagine if the FDA were to have a closer look at all of the fast food industry, they would fine the same reality across the board.

I remember back when Wendy's big advertising campaign centered around the slogan "where's the beef?" Back when the issue was, 'who's using less and less beef." Now, I dare say all of them are using extenders and fillers, including Wendy's.

One sure fire sign of that is in the taste. Nothing tastes like it use to anymore and that is not all about them switching oils and such. They are using fillers and extenders in their meats. And all it takes is one bite of any contemporary fast food hamburger to realize that.

Presently, there is only one sure fire hamburger chain, still serving hamburgers the way they use to be and that chain is Five Guys Burgers. If you haven't yet, try one. That or get your next Burger at some upscale eatery like Ruby Tuesdays etc. Either way, be prepared to pay at least $5 for a real burger. So go someplace where they actually make their own beef patties. Just don't look to get a real burger or real beef at the major hamburger franchises anymore.

They have done away with real beef the same as they did away with real sugar thirty five years ago. It's all high fructose corn syrup now. And it looks like it is all soy and oak fillers when you order fast food beef.

Maybe all those oats and soy will soak up some of the hormones and antibiotics they are injected with, but I think not.

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