The Chicago Tribune reports that Taco Bell is being sued by a California woman who claims that the fast feeder is lying when it calls its taco filling "seasoned ground beef," when in fact "Taco Bell's ground beef is made of such components as water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch, sodium phosphate, as well as some beef and seasonings."

"Taco Bell's definition of 'seasoned beef' does not conform to consumers' reasonable expectation or ordinary meaning of seasoned beef, which is beef and seasonings," the suit says.

According to the story, "Taco Bell did not immediately return a request for comment but it told Alabama television station, WSFA, in a prepared statement: '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. We deny our advertising is misleading in any way and we intend to vigorously defend the suit.'"

KC's View: This is the kind of suit that, if successful, could really damage Taco Bell's reputation for barely mediocre food. The science should be pretty simple - either the beef is beef, or it isn't. And if it isn't, Taco Bell deserves as much castigation as it inevitably will get.

Anti-dusting agent? Autolyzed yeast extract? Yuck.