Newswire: ABC settles lawsuit with makers of so-called “pink slime”

Aside from being a pretty righteous name for a punk band, “Pink Slime” is the sobriquet bestowed on a certain highly processed beef byproduct after a series of ABC News reports on the product’s potential dangers and general gross-out factor. The term was coined by former FDA scientist Gerald Zirnstein, who says that “pink slime”—made by dousing beef trimmings otherwise used in dog food in ammonia gas and pressing them into bricks—is commonly added to ground beef without consumers’ knowledge. Now, ABC has settled a lawsuit brought by the makers of the aforementioned byproduct, claiming that it lost business because of ABC’s reporting.

Shortly after the report above aired in 2012, South Dakota-based Beef Products Inc. sued ABC and correspondent Jim Avila for defamation, pointing out that “pink slime” is technically referred to by the marginally more appetizing name of “lean finely textured beef.” Initially, the …

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