Taco Bell Corp is pushing back against a lawsuit that alleges the fast-food chain's "seasoned ground beef" is not all it's made out to be.
Taco Bell, a Yum Brands Inc. subsidiary based in Irvine, said Tuesday that it plans to take legal action against the "false statements" being made about its food. The chain operates, manages or franchises more than 5,600 locations in the United States.
Taco Bell's tacos, burritos and other Mexican menu items advertised with beef actually contain a filling of mostly non-meat substances including "isolated oat product," according to the lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Santa Ana.
"The 'chicken' and 'carne asada steak' served by Taco Bell is, in fact, chicken or carne asada steak," the lawsuit says. "The 'seasoned beef,' however, is not beef."