It’s not a surprise, really, that there’s a law defining what ground beef needs to be for it to be called “ground beef” when it’s marketed. The USDA’s requirements are that the product must be…

…chopped fresh and/or frozen beef with or without seasoning and without the addition of beef fat as such, shall not contain more than 30 percent fat, and shall not contain added water, phosphates, binders, or extenders.

An Alabama law firm is making the case in court that Taco Bell’s meat doesn’t fit the bill, because along with the meat and seasonings, their beef includes…

…water, “Isolated Oat Product,” wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate.

I haven’t eaten there for years, and will continue to not do so regardless of the outcome of this case.

(via WOTL, The Consumerist)