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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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16.

gamepro    

ill never look at meat the same again and yea im going to still eat meats but be more careful about whats in my meat and they should make them make it illegal to put pink slime into anything at all but hey if its cheaper for them the they will do anything

716 days ago
17.

lord flashheart    

Pink Slime , corn sirup , hormone injected beef ...thank g*d i live in a country where all that is forbidden by law.

716 days ago
18.

elysummers    

"duped consumers into believing it's unhealthy and unsafe."? Are you kidding? This is some of the best investigative journalism in a while. I don't care if it is approved by the federal government, I don't want to eat it.


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716 days ago
19.

Who Knew    

Good for them I hope they get every penny. The "news" is no longer the news but just stories to scar us and make us paranoid. It's mostly sensationalism.

716 days ago
20.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

I want to know what's in my food dammit. I'm so sick of the food industry trying to fight for the right to hide the fact that they're pumping garbage into our food to maximize their profits. I don't want to eat slime, I don't care what it's made of.

716 days ago
21.

Harvey's Shirt    

You would think the media would have learned its lesson when they ( the media) convinced Oprah about the Beef Industry and how she was successfully sued.

716 days ago
22.

LC    

Really!!!!!! Now you can get sued for say truth..come on now. everybody knows the reality of the ground beef the only difference that ABC did it professorially" this world is getting wronger than wrong!!!

716 days ago
23.

Puffy    

Just because a product is deemed "safe" to eat, does that mean we want to? A lot of bugs are safe to eat doesn't mean I'm going to run out and buy some. Also, if BPI wasn't acutely aware this junk is so distasteful, they'd just tell people that item is in the food. I'm sure a lot of prepared foods contain items like this too and we just don't know the full extent of it.

716 days ago
24.

cobrazombie    

Who duped who, BPI? The ABC is just telling consumers what we should know: that our food is full of filler made from purified cow lips and aššholes drenched in ammonia.

716 days ago
25.

Allison    

ABC will win because its true. They aren't lying it is real beef just not something that people would normally eat BARF :S

716 days ago
26.

DaveT    

Pink slime is healthy.

716 days ago
27.

verlinda    

Chef Jimmie Oliver did a segment on Pink Slime. He showed how it is put into school lunches. The slime is parts of the animal that is not edible. He showed the procedures on adding ammonia, then tumbled through a thing like a washer.

716 days ago
28.

TheRicker    

How ridiculous. See this statement from the ABC News report:
"beef trimmings that were once used only in dog food and cooking oil (are) now sprayed with ammonia to make them safe to eat and then added to most ground beef as a cheaper filler."
The above statement is true! What the fock are they suing over? Here's the bottom line: BPI came up with a process of safely using crappy pieces of meat that were previously unsuitable for human consumption. It's disgusting and it's foking true...

716 days ago
29.

Phreaky    

Ammonia-soaked anal tissue? No thanks.

716 days ago
30.

miu    

They want to blame abc for the fact that people don't want to eat pink slime? REALLY?!?
What about just selling meat and don't use cheap filler **** stuff to increase profit?

716 days ago
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