A certain fast food chain has been in the news lately because their “seasoned beef” taco filling actually contains a substantial amount of non-beef ingredients including binders, fillers and unnecessary sugar, and they’re being sued for it.
Reactions to this news has been across the board – from being disputed by Taco Bell, to experts claiming this is par for the course, to just plain disgust from the public. Regardless of your opinion, there’s no denying that controversy over processed meat products has been all over the place in recent years. As a meat producer we take this very seriously, and our stand is simple: Real food makes for a healthier you.
Here’s the ingredient listing for that “seasoned beef” filling:
Beef, Water, Seasoning [Isolated Oat Product, Salt, Chili Pepper, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Oats (Wheat), Soy Lecithin, Sugar, Spices, Maltodextrin, Soybean Oil (Anti-dusting Agent), Garlic Powder, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Cocoa Powder (Processed With Alkali), Silicon Dioxide, Natural Flavors, Yeast, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Smoke Flavor], Salt, Sodium Phosphates.
As a contrast, here’s the ingredient listing for Isernio’s Italian Chicken Sausage:
Chicken, water, salt, fennel, spices (including pepper), bell pepper, paprika, dehydrated garlic, parsley, natural flavor, lemon juice concentrate.
Which one would you rather eat? We feel it’s important to know what you’re putting in your body, and that eating “real” food and ingredients is key to a healthy lifestyle – which is why we’ve never used any sort of fillers, binders, extenders, artificial colors or flavors, or unnecessary sugars and corn syrup.
We have no problem showing you there’s absolutely no mystery in our meat. In fact, here’s a photo taken of a whole chicken thigh in our plant right before it was ground and combined with spices to make our sausage:
Nothing too mysterious there – ours is really the sausage you want to see made! For more info on our company and production processes, check out this video that takes you behind the scenes. We’re proud of what we make, and hope you and your family enjoy it too!