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Ground Beef Cos. Say ABC Report Put End To 'Pink Slime' Use

Law360, Los Angeles (June 22, 2017, 10:37 PM EDT) -- Representatives from several of the country’s largest ground beef makers testified for a South Dakota jury Thursday that they had to stop using Beef Products Inc.’s beef trimmings product because of the public outcry caused by ABC reporting calling it “pink slime.”

Beef Products Inc. alleges that ABC cost it $1.9 billion with a disparaging series of news reports in 2012 that implied BPI’s “lean finely textured beef,” or LFTB, isn’t actually beef, isn’t nutritious and isn’t safe, and hammered these points home by repeatedly calling the product “pink slime.”

During the third week of the trial on BPI’s claims in...

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