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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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46.

Sandela    

Google "juice plus" to remedy the poison that is in our food today.

677 days ago
47.

KnuckleDragger    

Red meat I can handle. It's the green meat that's hard to swallow.

677 days ago
48.

elilan    

no. abc just showed is the truth - that it's DISGUSTING and nobody wants it in their food. it never should have been there in the first place "lean, finely textured beef" nice. that's like calling feces "conveniently predigested nutrition"

677 days ago
49.

Stephanie    

Excuse me, Beef INC or whoever you are...us Americans are not eating your beef because of ABC 'tricking' us into thinking you've added slime to your beef. We KNOW it's your nasty chemical santized scaps and that's why we're not eating it. Shame on Beef INC for putting this sh*t into our foods and shame on them for suing!

677 days ago
50.

Brien    

BPI is just pissed they got caught selling consumers less than real meat. I hope they go down!

677 days ago
51.

CCC    

For all those commenting that lean finely textured beef is adulterated or BPI has misled consumers about what is in their meat given the presence of ammonium hydroxide should understand one thing. Ammonium hydroxide if found naturally in all proteins we eat, whether plant or animal, and the compound is widely used in everyday cooking products such as baking powder, cheese, and chocolate.

If you consider a cheeseburger, there is ammonium hydroxide in every component, including: the bun, burger, cheese, and condiments. In fact, if you were to compare levels of ammonium hydroxide, based on parts per million (ppm), beef would have the lowest level (bun=440 ppm; condiments=400 ppm; cheese=813ppm; and beef=200 ppm).

It's also important to note that the use of ammonium hydroxide has been deemed "generally recognized as safe (GRAS)" by the FDA since 1974. GRAS is the highest safety attribution the agency assigns to compounds. Therefore, ammonium hydroxide has long been approved for use in food, and is widely recognized as highly effective and safe by a variety of food safety experts.

Also, the industry is not spraying beef trimmings with ammonium hydroxide, rather the meat is given a puff of ammonia and when it combines with the natural moisture in the beef, ammonium hydroxide is formed.

The simple fact is, this food is safe. Far safer then using other trimmings because it more effectively eliminates bacteria such as E. coli.

677 days ago
52.

GOLLY    

They've had to close plants and put people out of work folks. Shame on you. Can't you see that jobs are important? people are out of work. Just because they are producing meat scraps drenched in ammonia does not take away that people are losing their jobs. Just because no one wants their product anymore because it is meat scraps drenched in ammonia, ABC should pay the company for the jobs that people are losing. Well no, none of that money will go to the employees that lost their jobs, it will go to those who decided that they will sell meat scraps drenched in ammonia and force feed the American people with it. I think I want to sue them and every company decided that it was OK to put that crap in human food. Then I want to sue the government for their lack of common sense for allowing companies to use meat scraps drenched in ammonia.

677 days ago
53.

GOLLY    

They've had to close plants and put people out of work folks. Shame on you. Can't you see that jobs are important? people are out of work. Just because they are producing meat scraps drenched in ammonia does not take away that people are losing their jobs. Just because no one wants their product anymore because it is meat scraps drenched in ammonia, ABC should pay the company for the jobs that people are losing. Well no, none of that money will go to the employees that lost their jobs, it will go to those who decided that they will sell meat scraps drenched in ammonia and force feed the American people with it. I think I want to sue them and every company decided that it was OK to put that crap in human food. Then I want to sue the government for their lack of common sense for allowing companies to use meat scraps drenched in ammonia.

677 days ago
54.

Vinny    

we all know ABC is full of leftists who are trying to help the animal right groups like PETA by demonizing beef.

677 days ago
55.

David    

Here is the truth of it, you fat pigs think food just magically appears. Food manufacturers HAVE to find safe fillers to keep up with the ever increasing demand. Simply put, this planet is consuming more than it can produce. Simple fact is, the beef filler is safe to eat and things like this have to happen or else we will starve. Most of you sheeple live in a dream world. This reality will only grow, you got government breeding grounds (you know them as projects) where breeding useless s*** lay up and do nothing but breed more mouths to feed on the governments dime. You have millions of illegals coming over here taking our resources, and a president who would giggle if all Americans were suddenly replaced by illegals, and hates America to the core. But you sheeple elect him because he is black and ABC tells you that if you dont elect a black that youre a racist. This planet is dying because of the greed of man, short sighted men in power who care not for the future, only that they remain rich and powerful. When you have so much money, the problems that are eating at the feet of the people on the ground, who are in touch with reality, these problems dont exist to them. I assure you however they will rise up one day soon and bite everyone and money wont save anyone. Yes there is filler in many foods, eat it or starve to death.

677 days ago
56.

David    

Also, this needs to be bumped until every mindless sheep out there reads and COMPREHENDS!!!
CCC

For all those commenting that lean finely textured beef is adulterated or BPI has misled consumers about what is in their meat given the presence of ammonium hydroxide should understand one thing. Ammonium hydroxide if found naturally in all proteins we eat, whether plant or animal, and the compound is widely used in everyday cooking products such as baking powder, cheese, and chocolate.

If you consider a cheeseburger, there is ammonium hydroxide in every component, including: the bun, burger, cheese, and condiments. In fact, if you were to compare levels of ammonium hydroxide, based on parts per million (ppm), beef would have the lowest level (bun=440 ppm; condiments=400 ppm; cheese=813ppm; and beef=200 ppm).

It's also important to note that the use of ammonium hydroxide has been deemed "generally recognized as safe (GRAS)" by the FDA since 1974. GRAS is the highest safety attribution the agency assigns to compounds. Therefore, ammonium hydroxide has long been approved for use in food, and is widely recognized as highly effective and safe by a variety of food safety experts.

Also, the industry is not spraying beef trimmings with ammonium hydroxide, rather the meat is given a puff of ammonia and when it combines with the natural moisture in the beef, ammonium hydroxide is formed.

The simple fact is, this food is safe. Far safer then using other trimmings because it more effectively eliminates bacteria such as E. coli.

677 days ago
57.

jessup    

Magic Johnson owns the pink slim companies.
I should have been eating pure beef! Not slime ! Beef Products Inc. duped the consumers.

677 days ago
58.

EastCoastChopper    

Simple...go buy 7 packs of HB at 7 different grocery stores...buy the 80% and buy the tube versions...Go put it in a pan...turn on the heat...smell it...watch what boils off...smell it again...watch what coagulates in the pan...Ask yourself if you would eat that garbage
Next case please

677 days ago
59.

bart    

I don't know about you but. Have no desire to eat that pink slime. I do want to know exactly what that crp is before I put it in my body. We already know this slime scrap belongs in the garbage. I bet they used this in school lunches.

677 days ago
60.

Irene    

People don't want to eat it because it's unhealthy and unsafe, they don't want to eat it because it's disgusting.

677 days ago
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