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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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Spicy mag    

Hey azz hats , I guess naming your product PINK SLIME wasn't such a good idea! Now burn in hell.

678 days ago
62.

Mary    

Po-ta-toes, Po-TA-toes, Tomatoes, To-MA-toes.

678 days ago
63.

Gerri    

So...there is NO truth to the stories? Now, the beef industry needs to produce evidence that pink slim is safe.

677 days ago
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cShell    

This stuff is disgusting. Selling it as freshly ground beef is a crime.

677 days ago
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