Taco Bell offers its friends a free taco
Big giveaway is part of chain's response to 'where's the beef' lawsuit.
Taco Bell has a gift for its friends: a free taco.
As a thank you to those who have supported the restaurant company in its fight against a lawsuit that said the "seasoned ground beef" in its menu items doesn't contain enough beef, Taco Bell is offering a free Crunchy Seasoned Beef Taco to its Facebook fans, or at least the first 10 million of them.
"Thanks so much for your support!" Taco Bell writes on the coupon. "You rock! Enjoy a free taco on us!"
Of course, if you agree with Amanda Obney, who sued Taco Belll claiming false advertising, you probably don't want a Taco Bell taco, even if it's free. Obney's suit argues that Taco Bell's "seasoned ground beef" doesn't meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture standards to be called by that name and should be called "taco meat filling." Her lawyers say it's about 35% beef, plus binders and extenders.
"You can't call it beef by definition," W. Daniel "Dee" Miles III, one of her attorneys, told the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. "It's junk. I wouldn't eat it." Post continues after video.
Taco Bell has vociferously denied that it's stiffing customers on the beef, taking out advertisements defending its "seasoned ground beef" as 88% beef, and urging its Twitter followers and Facebook fans to advocate on its behalf. The company said in a statement, in part:
We start with 100% USDA-inspected beef. Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture. We are proud of the quality of our beef and identify all the seasoning and spice ingredients on our website.
Just exactly what's in the seasoned ground beef? You can read Karen's earlier post about the controversy to find the ingredient list. Taco Bell provides additional details about how the seasoned ground beef is prepared.
In this controversy, you get to vote with your fingers. If you like Taco Bell's seasoned ground beef tacos, join the more than 5.4 million fans on the Facebook page and get your coupon for a free taco. If you're still asking "where's the beef?" you don't need the coupon.
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I mean, McDonalds is even getting sued for giving toys away in Happy Meals. Seriously?
"The suit, which seeks class-action status, was filed in California on behalf of Monet Parham, a Sacramento mother who said the Happy Meals make it "so much harder" for her to say no when her children beg her to take them to McDonald's."
Learn how to parent your children. You are the adult, and they obey you. Perhaps you should watch Super Nanny. I think I'll sue the Ohio Department of Transportation for me being late to work because of a traffic jam that a car accident caused.
The last time I ate at Taco Bell it was delicious. Less than 2 wks. ago.
I don't think it really matters what it is made of because here in Maine they put so little of it in the taco that you can't taste it anyway. Every one of their taco's should be filled at least twice as much as they are....BIG RIP OFF to buy any of them really. The only item on the menu that is "filled" is the salad....They should be ashamed of themselves for selling something for dollars that is only worth cents....Ridiculous. I have had tacos out of state and believe me there is a huge difference...those are filled and you get your money's worth.
I stopped going there...
The beef cooks down, and it's fat gets separated. In the end, you get tasty taco meat. But by weight, the beef is much lower than when you started, and if you count all the water (including what is in the beef) you will find the beef is only one half or less of the finished taco meat.
JUST LIKE TACO BELL.
You are a liar or a gullible simpleton who will believe anything.
There is no grade "D".
The grades in descending order: PRIME, CHOICE, SELECT, STANDARD, COMMERCIAL, UTILITY, CUTTER, and CANNER.
Anyone who is around cattle knows that Prime, Choice, and Select graded beef is almost 99% of the entire beef output.
I don't think there is anyone commercially producing any grade under Standard in the US.
Cattle genetics and feed have come a long way.
We just don't raise skinny, old cattle - there's no money in that.
So next time you hear someone talk about grade "D" beef, you know you are talking to someone without a clue.
and to the "discrimination" crier...you want a free taco sign up for a free facebook account. suck it up & quit being a baby...its not discrimination when you have the same opportunity as everyone else to get something but chose not to out of a stubborn "i dont want to do that" mentality.
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