“Pink slime” was not even fair.
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Almost two years after ABC News aired the TV segment, “Pink Slime and You,” attacking the beef industry for its use of lean finally textured beef (LFTB), Beef Products Inc. (BPI), and Freezing Machines, Inc., are one step closer to taking national news station to court. The $1.2 billion lawsuit filed back in September 2012 was approved to continue by a South Dakota state judge on March 27, 2014.
The defamation lawsuit is targeted at ABC, and news anchors Diane Sawyer and reporter Jim Avila, with claims that BPI’s reputation was damaged with the using of the label “pink slime.” Another defendant includes a former USDA microbiologist who is credited with coining the term.