Judge Allows "Pink Slime" Defamation Suit to Continue

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Pink slime manufacturer claims ABC News misled customers.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Beef Products Inc., shows the company's ammonia-treated filler, known in the industry as "lean, finely textured beef."(AP Photo/Beef Products Inc.)

Attorneys for ABC say the network in each of its broadcasts stated the FDA deemed the product safe to eat.

A circuit judge has refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime."
Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. Dakota Dunes-based BPI says ABC's coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs by misleading consumers into believing the product is unsafe.
Attorneys for ABC say the network in each of its broadcasts stated the FDA deemed the product safe to eat. They say BPI might not like the phrase "pink slime," but like all ground beef it's pink and has a slimy texture.
In her Thursday ruling, Judge Cheryle Gering dismissed some claims but allowed most to go forward.


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