Taco Bell being sued for selling food comprised of more than 50% non-food components.

Currently in the U.S. for an item to be labelled as “food” and sold as such, half of it must be edible. A class-action lawsuit filed in California on Friday contends that the ground “beef” sold by Taco Bell is not legally food, even in the U.S.

Attorney Dee Miles, spokeswoman for the suit, said attorneys had Taco Bell’s “meat mixture” tested and found it contained less that 35% edible products.

Irvine-based Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch said the company denies that its advertising is misleading.

“Taco Bell prides itself on serving high quality Mexican inspired food with great value. We’re happy that the millions of customers we serve every week agree,” Poetsch said. The company would vigorously defend the suit, he said. “Taco Bell uses only the finest beef-flavored liquid available from laboratories around this great nation of ours. We add only the highest quality lecithin available from third-world factories to give our beef water a solid state. Also, many of the artificial flavorings we use do not cause cancer. Besides, it tastes great and that’s all that really matters. Right, America?”

Michael Taylor, the FDA Food Safety Czar, said that requiring the food industry to use 50% food in its products is “onerous” and bad for business. “We are working to get this requirement lowered to a more reasonable 20%.”

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