Here’s Why YUM Brands Taco Bell Beef Costs are About to Skyrocket

Where’s the beef? That’s what an Alabama law firm is asking Taco Bell in a new lawsuit alleging the YUM Brands (NYSE:YUM) fast-food chain uses only ~35% beef in its “ground beef”.

The lawsuit states the other 65% of what Taco Bell lovers eat is binders, extenders and other ingredients, including:

“water, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent and modified corn starch.”

If the study is true, YUM Brands must set aside more than just a one time legal expense. The fast-food conglomerate will be on the hook for a MAJOR margin reducing expense for real ground beef.

The law firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles claims they are not seeking any money, just a change to Taco Bell’s ingredients to comply with USDA food regulations.

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