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Sued for $1.2 BILLION

... Over Pink Slime!

9/13/2012 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A major U.S. beef processing company is suing ABC News for $1.2 billion -- claiming the network's coverage of a product called "pink slime" has duped consumers into believing it's unhealthy and unsafe.

The company behind the lawsuit is Beef Products Inc. -- which claims ABC News made somewhere around 200 "false and misleading and defamatory" statements about the product ... which BPI refers to as lean, finely textured beef.

In one report, ABC featured a former USDA scientist who claimed 70% of the ground beef found in supermarkets contains pink slime ... "beef trimmings that were once used only in dog food and cooking oil, now sprayed with ammonia to make them safe to eat and then added to most ground beef as a cheaper filler."

An attorney for BPI told the AP ... "[The ABC News reports have] caused consumers to believe that our lean beef is not beef at all -- that it's an unhealthy pink slime, unsafe for public consumption, and that somehow it got hidden in the meat."

A rep for ABC insists "The lawsuit is without merit" ... adding, "We will contest it vigorously."

According to the AP, a BPI rep says the ABC reports have had an "enormous impact" on the company -- with 3 of it's 4 plants shutting down since the stories hit the air ... resulting in a loss of 650 jobs.

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Phishie from Philly    

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The real Phishie from Philly

678 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

*********ATTENTION ALL TMZ FOLLOWERS*********
SOMEONE HAS DUPLICATED MY SCREEN NAME ON THIS TMZ WEBSITE. THEY HAVE BEEN WRITING NASTY AND IGNORANT COMMENTS UNDER MY SAME USERNAME. THIS SHOULD MAKE EVERYONE CONCERN BECAUSE WE COME TO THIS WEBSITE THINKING WE ARE SAFE BUT IN REALITY WE ARE NOT. THIS CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE WHO WRITES A COMMENT AND IF SOMEONE DON'T LIKE IT THEY WILL DUPLICATE YOUR NAME AND MAKE STUPID POSTS IN YOUR USER NAME. PLEASE GO TO THE BOTTOM TO THE CONTACT BUTTON AND EMAIL TMZ WITH CONCERN. AGAIN WE ARE ALL AT RISK HERE. TO SEE WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT GO TO THE MICHAEL MADSEN POST FROM YESTERDAY AND CHECKOUT THE POSTS FROM PHISHIE FROM PHILLY. YOU WILL SEE THAT IT LOOKS LIKE IM TALKING TO MY SELF BUT IF YOU CLICK ON THE SCREEN NAME IT WILL TAKE YOU TO PROFILES. YOU WILL SEE THAT MY SCREEN NAME WAS DUPLICATED. EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY COMMENTS OR ME FOR THAT MATTER YOU SHOULD STILL HAVE CONCERN BECAUSE AGAIN THIS CAN HAPPEN TO YOU. THIS IS DEFINITELY SOMEONE BEING A COWARDLY BULLY. IF SOMEONE CAN USE THE SAME SCREEN NAME THEN WHAT'S THE POINT OF COMING ON THIS SITE!?
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The real Phishie from Philly

678 days ago
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Don Martin    

I have a feeling ABC is going to pony up on this deal.

678 days ago
4.

Pecker    

Why would ABC pay? The do***entary FOOD INC which was released few years ago made the exact same claims. Actually went in deeper details.

678 days ago
5.

~♥~    

I rarely eat red meat. That looks nasty.

678 days ago
6.

ME    

I likes me some pink stuff

678 days ago
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eicarr     

People understood. Pink slime was made from crop they normally discard that people in their right mind would never want to eat. Then they sprayed chemicals I would never want to eat on it. Then they secretly put it in the food I eat. I want to sue THEM!

678 days ago
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WCK604    

BPI: How dare you reveal us for filling our products with weird meat scraps. We're not taking this crap out of our meat and appologizing to the public for duping them into purchasing a low quality meat product. Instead we are just going to sue those who told you about it.

678 days ago
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~♥~    

Sorry PHILLY. I'm recently new on here and I got a few chuckles from your comments. I think it was your comments that I was chuckIng from. Sorry someone hijacked your name. Hopefully they will stop. Have a nice day Philly.

678 days ago
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John Betteroffer    

Shut down all the plants, every man and woman working there should be ashamed of themselves for making a product like Pink slime in the first place. I guarantee that the workers dont eat pink slime, considering they know exactly what goes into it and how its make. Any food product that has been treated with ammonia....im my book is bad and there is nothing anyone can say or do to make me think different. Ever since this story about pink slime came about I have been grinding my own grass fed beef and I think so should the rest of America.

678 days ago
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Sonja    

No you are just charging way too much for your 'lean' beef and no one is buying it. Consumers have every right to know what is our food and if we choose to not buy your crap because of that too damn bad for you.

678 days ago
12.

dee    

They think its OK to sell Pink Slime to Americans? The taxes being paid, they don't deserve QUALITY meat? Disgusting how Corporations treat their fellow Citizens. Anything for a buck and the people just stand by and let it happen..even defend them...scary.

678 days ago
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lowens1975    

Lol! If they can't handle to truth about what they do to consumers, maybe they should bow out of the business. Consumers have a right to know what they are eating. And labels don't always tell you.

678 days ago
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WCK604    

how is anything ABC said misleading? Their reporting never said it wasn't meat or that it makes people sick. What they actually said was the exact truth, and if people extrapolate differing ideas from it, that's not ABC's fault. They revealed the truth that the beef industry coerced the food safety administration to let companies fill ground beef with chemical sprayed flash frozen fatty scrap meat.

If you really wanted to keep your plants open you should apologized to the public and immediately discontinued the use of "lean, finely textured beef."

678 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Maven    

Seriously, since when is it ever considered "healthy or safe" to eat "meat trimmings" drenched with ammonia and a cheap filler?
The company is going under because the consumer does not want to eat "pink slime" that is passed off as food.
ABC just exposed the truth and good for them to do so.

678 days ago
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