SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Tyson Foods issued a statement on Jan. 25 supporting Taco Bell in a class-action lawsuit recently filed in California that states Taco Bell's claim that it uses seasoned beef is misleading – and that the chain is actually using extenders and other non-meat substances.

“We take great pride in the seasoned beef we provide Taco Bell,” Tyson said. “We begin with 100 percent USDA-inspected beef. “We combine this high quality beef with Taco Bell’s proprietary seasonings and spices; then we slowly cook it and package it for shipment to Taco Bell restaurants.

“We prepare the seasoned beef at three Tyson Foods plants and all is USDA-inspected,” Tyson added. “In addition, our operations are also staffed by Tyson quality assurance professionals, who test the product daily to ensure it meets Taco Bell specifications as well as USDA requirements.”