Pink Slime Maker Slaps ABC With Defamation Suit
Apparently demand for their product has decreased
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 13, 2012 11:11 AM CDT
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)

(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."

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Sep 13, 2012 5:54 PM CDT
I think Americans should start a class action lawsuit and sue Beef Products, Inc. for concealing that they used pink slime for all of those years. ABC News' responsibility is to inform the public. And that's exactly what they did. Screw Beef Products, Inc. for poisoning us for all of those years.
Sep 13, 2012 5:34 PM CDT
You go PSM! I mean come on, you don't tell an artist his paintings are just oily ink stains do you? This product got unfairly labeled by the media with a wholly undeserved negative connotation. I fully agree with this lawsuit. The rest of you can go continue blindly eating your poisonous meat glue.
Sep 13, 2012 5:07 PM CDT
i know one thing, when this pink slime news first came out i stopped buying the fast food burgers. not that i went to those chains that often, maybe 3 times a year, but i certainly thought differently about their products. the whole thought of it turns me off.