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Taco Bell reveals secret ingredients of its mystery beef

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Taco Bell has released the ingredients in its mystery beef filling. (Source:MGN) Taco Bell has released the ingredients in its mystery beef filling. (Source:MGN)

(RNN) - Taco Bell has released the mysterious ingredients in its signature "seasoned beef," which is 88 percent beef and 12 percent other stuff.

A new company web page details the ingredients, which include sodium phosphates, citric acid and soy lecithin, but absolutely no MSG.

The site proactively answers questions about why the seasoned beef includes oats [to keep it moist, not as a filler], a definition of trehalose and maltodextrine [two forms of sugar], cellulose [a "safe carbohydrate found in the cells of plants," not necessarily wood] and potassium chloride [a salt substitute common in the food industry].

There is also a link to an ingredient statement page that details the ingredients in other products sold by the fast-food giant.

The site denies that Taco Bell uses "Grade D" meat, which isn't even a real rating used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), it says. Taco Bell claims it uses "100 percent premium real beef" and every year buys "300 million pounds of seasoned beef." Purchasing in that kind of bulk is how it's able to keep prices low, not by buying low-grade beef.

In January 2011, an Alabama law firm sued the fast-food giant claiming its "beef" didn't include enough meat be called "beef," or "seasoned ground beef."

The Beasley Allen firm's class-action lawsuit claimed that Taco Bell's filling included only 36 percent beef.

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