Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Pink Slime" Manufacturer Sues ABC News, Probably Because of Headlines Like This One

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

click to enlarge pink_slime_abc.jpg

Not long ago -- say, the winter of 2011-2012 -- Beef Products Inc. (BPI) of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, was just another faceless corporate cog in the American food system, producing a substance called finely textured lean beef, which few of us knew existed

Then along came an ABC News report that revealed finely textured lean beef as meat from beef trimmings separated from fat, blasted with ammonia gas and added to ground beef. Oh, and the ABC News report featured Gerald Zirnstein, a USDA microbiologist who dubbed the stuff "pink slime."

The name pink slime stuck. Things did not go well for BPI from there.

As consumers reacted with concern and outrage, causing grocery stores and other vendors to stop selling meat that included finely textured lean beef, a.k.a. pink slime, BPI shuttered plants and laid off workers.

Now, the Associated Press reports, BPI has filed suit against ABC News and several of the scientists interviewed in the network's reporting for defamation. BPI's suit seeks a cool $1.2 billion -- yes, $1.2 billion -- in damages.

Per the AP, the suit accuses ABC News of giving the "false and misleading" impression that finely textured beef, a.k.a. pink slime, is unsafe and unhealthy. As BPI points out, among those defending the substance as safe is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Given the stakes of the suit, Gut Check advises patience in expecting an outcome.

Related:

"Pink Slime: You Know You Want It -- Here's Where to Get It"

(h/t: Eater)

Tags: , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

July 28, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation