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Taco Bell® Seasoned Rice and Cilantro Rice Do not Contain Casein or Other Milk Proteins

Posted on January 23, 2012 by The VRG Blog Editor

by Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director

The VRG noticed an Internet blog entry in December 2011 indicating that Taco Bell® rice contained casein, a milk protein. At one time, some rice served at Taco Bell® contained this dairy ingredient. We reported it: The VRG was curious to know if Taco Bell® rice currently contained any milk proteins. Currently, the only rice on Taco Bell’s® national menu is the Mexican Rice, also referred to as seasoned (red) rice. This rice may be a component in several Taco Bell® meals or ordered by itself as a side dish.

We asked a quality assurance employee at Taco Bell® corporate headquarters who has provided us with information in the past about Taco Bell® menu items. She told us that "there is no casein or other milk protein" in the seasoned rice.

We were also informed that Taco Bell® is currently testing a white cilantro rice in select areas. Like the seasoned rice, the white cilantro rice is free of all dairy-derived ingredients.

For more information on Taco Bell® ingredients in all of its national menu items, visit

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