Pink Slime Maker Slaps ABC With Defamation Suit

Apparently demand for their product has decreased

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 13, 2012 11:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Beef Products Inc. is suing ABC News in general and several of its anchors specifically for defamation over its reports on BPI's "lean finely-textured beef" product—better known as "pink slime." The lawsuit alleges that ABC falsely led viewers to believe that the beef was not safe, healthy, or even meat, Reuters reports. BPI says that the reports reduced demand for its product, and it's demanding $400 million in compensation and damages.

The suit names Diane Sawyer, Jim Avila, David Kerley, and others. ABC was hardly alone in reporting on the slime controversy. The term "pink slime" was coined by a USDA scientist, one of several who remain outspoken critics of the product. Since the controversy broke, BPI has had to close three of its four plants. "The lawsuit is without merit," one ABC executive said. "We will contest it vigorously."

Lean finely textured beef, better known as pink slime, is frozen on a large drum as part of its manufacturing process at the Beef Products Inc.'s plant in South Sioux City, Neb., March 29, 2012.
Lean finely textured beef, better known as "pink slime," is frozen on a large drum as part of its manufacturing process at the Beef Products Inc.'s plant in South Sioux City, Neb., March 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
A sign at the Butcher Shop is seen, Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in Northwood, NH.
A sign at the Butcher Shop is seen, Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in Northwood, NH.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Lean finely textured beef, better known as pink slime, is frozen on a large drum as part of its manufacturing process at the Beef Products Inc.'s plant in South Sioux City, Neb., March 29, 2012.
Lean finely textured beef, better known as "pink slime," is frozen on a large drum as part of its manufacturing process at the Beef Products Inc.'s plant in South Sioux City, Neb., March 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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