Thursday, January 27, 2011

Um, That's Not a Taco

An Alabama law firm is suing Taco Bell for selling not-quite-enough-ground-beef as if it were legally-close-enough-to-beef in their tacos. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines beef as "flesh of cattle" and requires that "Taco Meat Filling" contain at least 40 percent beef" but Taco Bell has been selling 36 percent beef instead. The firm isn't asking for damages, but rather for the company to change its advertising to reflect that it is really selling an "edible, food-like substance."
A Tucson shop has announced they will no longer sell lion meat tacos after negative publicity from "lion supporters."

South Korea has had to cull 2.2 million animals (not coming to a taco near you) when another outbreak of foot and mouth occurred late last year. FMD is also spreading from Mongolian gazelle into China. According to FAO "The disease does not pose a direct health threat to humans, but affected animals become too weak to be used to plough the soil or reap harvests, and farmers cannot sell the milk they produce due to infection by the virus."

And apparently, those aren't blueberries either.

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