Pink Slime Settlement

Pink Slime Settlement

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Beef Products Incorporated reaches a settlement agreement with ABC News. Beef Products Incorporated reaches a settlement agreement with ABC News.

June 29, 2017

Beef Products Incorporated reaches a settlement agreement with ABC News.

BPI sued ABC for defamation after stories aired about the company’s “lean finely textured beef” product. ABC called the product “pink slime.”

The moniker caused food companies to drop the product, forcing BPI to close three of its four plants. The processor sought up to $1.9 billion in damages. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. ABC calls the settlement “amicable” and says it decided that continuing with the lawsuit wasn’t in the company’s best interests. 

In a statement, BPI says, “While this has not been an easy road to travel, it was necessary to begin rectifying the harm we suffered as a result of what we believed to be biased and baseless reporting in 2012. Through this process, we have again established what we all know to be true about lean finely textured beef: it is beef, and is safe, wholesome, and nutritious.”

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