IRVINE, Calif. – A class-action lawsuit recently filed in California states Taco Bell's claim that it uses seasoned beef is misleading – it said the chain is actually using extenders and other non-meat substances, according to The Associated Press. Taco Bell denies this charge.

“At Taco Bell, we buy our beef from the same trusted brands you find in the supermarket, like Tyson Foods,” said Greg Creed, president and chief concept officer, Taco Bell Corp., in a statement. “We start with 100% USDA-inspected beef. Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture.

“We are proud of the quality of our beef and identify all the seasoning and spice ingredients on our Web site,” he added. “Unfortunately, the lawyers in this case elected to sue first and ask questions later – and got their ‘facts’ absolutely wrong. We plan to take legal action for the false statements being made about our food.”