'Pink slime' manufacturer sues ABC News for $1.2 billion in damages
September 13th, 2012
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Beef Products Inc. announced Thursday that the company has filed a $1.2 billion lawsuit against ABC News, three reporters (Diane Sawyer, Jim Avila and David Kerley) and others, claiming damages as a result of their reports on BPI's lean finely textured beef product (LFTB) more colloquially known as "pink slime."

"There has to be some consequences for news organizations to be more truthful," stated Beef Products Inc. founder Eldon Roth in a video extolling the virtues of the product and outlining the company's case against the news outlet. "They hurt real people, and a lot of people."

ABC News was just one of many media outlets reporting on the controversial product earlier this year, but BPI has focused in on the media giant for what it calls a "concerted disinformation campaign" against LFTB.

Dan Webb, the company's lawyer, wrote in a public statement, “Through nearly 200 false, misleading and defamatory statements, repeated continuously during a month-long disinformation campaign, ABC and other individuals knowingly misled consumers into believing that LFTB was not beef and not safe for public consumption, which is completely false.”

The company will be asking a jury to award BPI more than $1 billion in compensatory and statutory damages, plus punitive damages for "defamation, product and food disparagement, and tortious interference with business relationships."

Webb stated today in a phone call with reporters that, "The evidence is overwhelming that our product is 100% beef."

BPI makes the product by grinding together beef scraps and connective tissue. The company then uses a mixture of ammonia and water (ammonium hydroxide) to prevent the risk of E. coli or salmonella contamination.

While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) both consider ammonium hydroxide as GRAS (an acronym for "generally recognized as safe"), McDonald’s has since announced that it discontinued the use of, what the corporation calls, select beef trimmings (SLBT). The fast food chain came under fire after the episode for using the filler in its hamburger patties.

"For a number of years prior to 2011, to assist with supply, McDonald’s USA used some lean beef trimmings treated with ammonia in our burgers. We were among other food retailers who used this safe product," the fast food chain released in a statement.

"At the beginning of last year, we made a decision to stop using this ingredient. It has been out of the McDonald’s USA supply chain since last August."

Taco Bell and Burger King have reportedly also discontinued use of BPI's product. Safeway, SUPERVALU and Food Lion supermarkets also discontinued the product. In March, a blogger named Bettina Seigel started a Change.org petition asking USDA to stop the use of LFTB in ground beef destined for school food. As a result, the United States Department of Agriculture announced that starting in the fall of 2012 it would offer school districts a choice of beef either with LFTB or without the filler.

Sales declined from approximately five million pounds of LFTB per week to less than two million pounds per week, three BPI facilities closed and more than 700 employees lost their jobs, according to a company statement.

Food safety attorney Bill Marler, who has been asked to represent two former FSIS public employees named in the suit, explained in an e-mail, "I just do not get the liability. I just do not see it. The lawsuit is without merit."

Marler explained his understanding of the timeline, saying "The words 'pink slime' came from an internal email between inspectors at FSIS commenting on the product. Another inspector called it 'Soylent Pink' – which I thought was even better. These documents came out during litigation I had with Cargill in 2009, which the New York Times used in part to get a Pulitzer."

"Then almost three years later The Daily writes a story that some chains had quietly stopped using LFTB, then a mom blogger puts up a petition asking that it be taken out of the school lunch program and ABC picks it up from there," Marler continued.

Jeffrey Schneider, Senior Vice President of ABC News said in a statement, "The lawsuit is without merit...We will contest it vigorously."

Previously - Clarified – Much a goo about 'pink slime'

soundoff (1,767 Responses)
  1. SafeFood200

    This is the problem with Corp. America where profit comes before anything else. It's cheaper to buy a can of soda than to buy a glass of real orange juice, if there is such thing a real orange juice! American people are being fed with all kinds of chemical imitation foods and no wonder we have so many people die of cancers. Meanwhile, the government isn't doing enough to protect the American people because they too work for the Corps! Something needs to be done to stop the Corps from controlling our lives!

    September 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  2. Ye shall know the truth and it shall make you angry

    "Pink Slime" is nothing but a byproduct of the "Yellow Slime" which passes for journalism at Anything But Credible News. Lying Sawyer needs to find different employment, perhaps on her back or on her knees. She certainly has demonstrated her capacity to service the Obamanation.

    September 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  3. America is Morbidly Obese

    ABC should be rewarded 1.2 billion for bringing this the attention of the nuhlistic American public. As for those who are so damn stupid as to actually defend the manufacturing of this sh!t, I can only hope that you all succumb to rectal cancer. You deserve it.

    September 15, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • America is Morbidly Obese

      .....should be "nihlistic".

      September 15, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  4. 66Biker

    In some countries, Monkey Brains are considered a delicacy. Does that mean I want to eat it? No. Does that mean my children are in danger? No. Does that mean I should sue someone to prevent them from making and or selling it? No.

    September 15, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  5. shawnreese

    I'm on ABC's side on this one. Hey BPI I'm in Florida and I say no to "pink slime" being fed to our children, I know people in other states against it too, and people all over the world. you can't take on everybody, you'll be out of business before you can poison people much longer. Free Speech!

    September 15, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  6. dd

    I would award the company $100 billion against the news network and hope it shuts down the Truth Terrorists. Americans need to control their news media to demand the TRUTH. If a network produces junk science, the people should demand their money back If a newspaper reports junk science, the people should get their money back. It is time to hold the news media responsible – like doctors – every news reporter should be paying $100K per year in malpractice insurance.

    September 15, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Hmmmm

      Hmmm, sounds like this person works for Big Agri-business. Not buying it dude. Unsafe food must be reported on.

      September 15, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • sam

      The news media is an amazing thing. With just 2 short words, it has convinced an army of citizens to destroy jobs and waste edible food all so they can be forced to spend more money.

      And they say politicians are destroying America.

      September 15, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Geoff Baysinger

      I would reward ABC for exposing this. If any organization deserves to be penalized it is the agribusiness companies that created this process and then foisted the results on the public as a different product. ABC did nothing more than report it. The people made up our minds that it was a product we don't want to consume. The consumer deserves full disclosure on chemical processes and ingredients whether it is for "finely textured crap", fracking chemicals, or anything else.

      September 15, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • JC

      There may be nothing wrong with it (albeit I have trouble believing that meat needs to be treated with ammonia), and it may even be beef (of course, if it was really good beef, they wouldn't have treated it, would they?), it may not even be harmful (except to the dictionary definition of beef), but I do take issue with someone thinking they have the right to shove it down my throat without my knowledge. But that's just it, isn't it? No knowledge = no choice.

      September 15, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Sharp

      Hey Fascist, There is this little thing called the 1st Amendment. It is one of the cornerstones of the American Way, get used to it.

      September 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  7. Bb

    Mcdonalds was a lot better before the government forced them to be healthier because the fat people can't control their eating habits. So everyone had to suffer for these obese animal like humans.

    September 15, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Bill

      Humans are animals

      September 15, 2012 at 11:15 am |
      • JC

        Tasty, tasty animals. If you're a tiger.

        September 15, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  8. Who do we sue

    over the fact that we've been fed this garbage?

    September 15, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  9. JDinHouston

    ABC News did a public service and I am grateful for their report. "Pink slime" is a disgusting byproduct being passed off as "beef" the way soilent green is just a protein cracker. We have a right to know what is in our food, and a heavily processed batch of waste is not, in my opinion, beef, even if it comes from cattle, the same way we don't call tripe meat or beef. The practices of the company were purposefully deceptive..

    September 15, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  10. Mike Fountain

    I hunt and eat all the game I harvest, venison and turkey, so I dont much care what you do with your pink slime.

    September 15, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • mchappy07

      So Mike Fountain, you don't have children or grandchildren you are concerned about eating this stuff?

      September 15, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • JC

      Buffalo. Now THAT'S good eating.

      September 15, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  11. Dave

    Pink slime is not 100% beef, it is manufactured 100% from cows however... I don't know anyone who would call connective tissue (aka gristle) "beef". Also, the ammonia doesn't just kill bacteria, it also makes the gristle soft enough to chew...

    September 15, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  12. Objective

    If the execs think it's perfectly acceptable beef then let them eat it instead of regular ground beef or steak.

    September 15, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  13. Andrew

    It's f@#%ing gross and shouldn't be legal. Make a law against this sh@#.

    September 15, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  14. Laura

    The problem isn't that "lean beef trimmings" isn't beef, but that the original product is so contaminated with fecal bacteria that it requires the ammonia treatment to bring the amount of bacteria back to "safe" levels. If you prefer a fecal-contaminated product that costs less, good for you.

    September 15, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • JimTheo

      I guess TRIPE would be out of the question then. Seems to me that fecal matter is always in constant contact with this tissue so you have to soak it for hours to get the smell out of it. After you process it, tripe makes good eats.

      September 15, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • JC

      Ammonia is at best a light disinfectant. Killing bacteria is not something is does reliably or well. People are under the false impression that it does, merely because of how nasty it smells. I doubt the producers are using it for its disinfectant qualities, but it is pretty good at breaking up fats. I would say it probably has something to do with uniformity of texture.

      September 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  15. Skytracker

    Hilarious, so many still supporting this pink crap, despite the fact that ABC news wasn't even able to give ALL of the details because of U.S. censorship. It would be a scream to see the looks on the faces in the U.S. if the UNCENSORED news reports on this s h i t could be aired like they are in our country.
    That lawsuit will be thrown into the same bucket as the pink slime and fed to all the slime supporters.

    September 15, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • mark

      How about the product that the use to stick two or more pieces of meat together to make a steak or roast

      September 15, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • lyn

      what country are you in? i would love to see this?

      September 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  16. BioHzrd

    BPI is just mad that the public found out.

    September 15, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  17. bull

    From my own experences, ABC is probably the closest to be a tabloid among those major news networks in the US... I hope they pay more than $1.2B.

    September 15, 2012 at 8:32 am |
  18. bull

    Among those major news networks in the US, ABC is probably the closest to be a tabloid ... I hope they pay more than $1.2B.

    September 15, 2012 at 8:30 am |
  19. Lu

    Here's a funny fact– people are all hyped up because of the ammonia thing. Do they realize that RIGHT NOW, their bodies are making ammonia? Beef or no beef ?? And that when your liver starts to fail (too much ethanol, commonly known as "booze") your ammonia levels go up ? ? ? People are just funny when it comes to picking what's good and what's bad for their bodies. I'm guessing this product might be high in protein and that all of the starving people of the world would stand in line for days just for one burger.

    September 15, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • Doc

      you may want to read a little more about chemically produced amonia and the amonia your body produces. it's not the same thing.

      September 15, 2012 at 8:43 am |
      • Chu Lee

        The stuff is harmless.

        September 15, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • ckw

      You just disproved your own point. When your liver fails (and is producing toxins), your body increases its ammonia content.

      September 15, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  20. KEL

    I buy quality beef roasts and grind my own hamburger. That way I know exactly what is im my burger.

    September 15, 2012 at 8:12 am |
  21. Amused

    At the end of the day, it's a product, and they have no 'right' to sales. If their product offends customers, who in turn don't want to buy it, too bad. You can't be simultaneously for the 'free market' and believe that this type of lawsuit has any merit.

    September 15, 2012 at 7:48 am |
    • Mike Fountain

      You're right they have no "right" to sales but they do have a right to be protected from slanderous attacks and if the attacks happen and they are proved to be entirely or even partially false they have a right to be compensated for the damages done.

      September 15, 2012 at 10:44 am |
      • JC

        They do not, however, to omit mentioning the inclusion of a modified product in your food, particularly a byproduct. The courts have long since settled this matter, which is why we have labels. I remember the industry fights over it. If it were up to the industry, nothing would be labelled for content at all. Case dismissed.

        September 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  22. Terry

    It's a free market. People can choose what they want to eat. If they don't like that people stopped eating their product when they got information about it. Then tough. Capitalism is ruthless.

    September 15, 2012 at 7:40 am |
  23. sburns54

    BPI won't win. Too hard to prove. "The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor must prove that the network knowingly published false information and intended to harm its business." The burger barons that sued Oprah when she took dowm hamburgers on her show didn't win. They must just hope to settle for $$$. Meanwhile, they put "pink slime" right back into the public discussion. and consciousness..not real smart.

    September 15, 2012 at 7:05 am |
  24. Frannie

    Watch the documentary called Frankensteer. Meateaters have no clue what they're doing to themselves and their loved ones.

    September 15, 2012 at 6:02 am |
    • Geoff

      Frannie, what makes you so confident of what I know and don't know? Take a step back and think about what you posted. Did you really mean to insult everyone here with your ego-centric frame of mind? My dad was a butcher. You really think you know more than I do about how meat is processed? Seriously? Here's a helpful hint: Next time you consider posting your opinion on a board, don't.

      September 16, 2012 at 1:29 am |
  25. David York

    I hope the network has to pay big bucks. And they should get sued every time they get a fact wrong. That would be the end of TV networks. Then we start suing the gov,t...

    September 15, 2012 at 5:40 am |
  26. Joel

    The beef industry can and will be investigated. The fear tactics will not work. The nation has a right to know what it is ingesting! If a news story about your product promotes healthier eating than the beef industry will have to adapt to the American public's demands, and not the free journalists obeying a disgusting lobby. You say real people were affected by the story. I hope the people affected were smart and steered clear of your worsening product. I believe the correct action is to expose the beef industry more so that industry get bogged down in court. If this is your response against Oprah then realize you are going against a group now. And many people in that group would love to be the next person sued by you as a way to earn credential. What a bad choice, what a bad product, and what bad heart health. If the numbers were checked we could see the beef industry puts more men in the hospital than the savage group of terrorists.

    September 15, 2012 at 5:15 am |
  27. Imminent

    Stupid company. People aren't ordering your pink slime because it's NOT primarily made up of the healthiest part of beef. It's the garbage scraps mulched in to what you THINK will be passed off as regular hamburger. Just shut your doors forever or make real beef products consumers will actually buy. What a concept – sell something consumers demand instead of trying to fool them. Enough said.

    September 15, 2012 at 5:05 am |
    • Lonny

      You're rather uneducated regarding what LFTB in fact, is. Since you've very clearly decided to comment without knowing what you're talking about, allow me to educate you with facts:

      LFTB is used as a filler or to reduce the overall fat content of ground beef. It is produced by processing low-grade beef trimmings and other meat by-products such as cartilage, connective tissue and sinew, which contain fat and small amounts of lean beef, and mechanically separating the lean beef from the fat through the use of a centrifuge heated to approximately at 100°F (38°C). The heating process liquefies the fat and facilitates the separation of lean beef from the fat and other meat by-products. The recovered beef material is then processed, heated, and treated with gaseous ammonia or citric acid to kill E. coli, salmonella, and other bacteria. When gaseous ammonia is used, after coming in contact with water in the meat, it forms into ammonium hydroxide. The product is finely ground, compressed into pellets or blocks, flash frozen and then shipped for use as an additive.[

      Rick Jochum, a company spokesperson for Beef Products Inc. (BPI) has stated that the finished product is 94 to 97 percent lean beef, and has a nutritional value comparative to 90 percent lean ground beef.

      September 15, 2012 at 6:41 am |
      • KJ

        I love when people say the same thing, but one claims the other is uneducated.. Let's do a rough comparison for Lonny with his own words:

        garbage = "low-grade beef trimmings and other meat by-products such as cartilage, connective tissue and sinew, which contain fat and small amounts of lean beef"

        When I cut my own steaks, I throw those trimmings away (ie, garbage)

        Mulch = "mechanically separating the lean beef from the fat through the use of a centrifuge heated to approximately at 100°F (38°C)."

        Not the best verb, but I think it conveys the idea of blending it all up in a big vat. They just didn't mention that the vat was hot and spinning. That seems to make it all... better?

        It was an industry that made money because they could help the big chains cut costs by providing the same amount of beef by weight but using a lot of filler instead of actual ground beef. You think anybody that grinds their own beef for personal consumption would ever perform this process with ammonia and connective tissues to make that one extra burger? Consumers are "finally" looking a little closer at what they eat and they have chosen to not eat the filler. That is the market at work. I still don't see where CBS or anyone has misled anyone. I read your description and that is exactly what I thought it was, and exactly what I don't want to eat.

        September 15, 2012 at 10:26 am |
      • wrob

        Mmmmmmmm.... You got my mouth watering!

        September 15, 2012 at 11:28 am |
      • JC

        This has nothing to do with the removal of bacteria from the meat. Industry doesn't give a damn about the consumer, as long as you are buying their product. This has everything to do with revenue enhancement. By mechanically and chemically altering tissues which would otherwise be unusable, more can be sold, and the product can be mixed with premium ground beef to extend the amount which can, and has been sold with deceptive pricing. This amounts to the same type of behavior exhibited by cigarette companies. The company in question here is probably worried that someone is going to make them slap a label on things. Tell you what: as a consumer, you can settle this matter simply by refusing to purchase any meat from locations which refuse to disclose origins and independently verified content.

        September 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  28. Sven

    We've been eating this stuff (processed food) for centuries. Hot dogs, sausage, on and on. Need I say Scrapple or Spam. Some moron at FSIS makes a ill advised comment and and other idiots pick up on it now we have this.

    This stuff is beef, period. Ever seen the grey paste they use for hot dogs? Instead, let's start talking about the non food stuff the industy is feeding us. Wood fiber anyone?

    September 15, 2012 at 3:43 am |
    • George Washington

      Gross!! Pink slime is disgusting. So are hot dogs and most processed meat products. I can't believe some people are saying this junk is ok. The article doesn't mention that the scraps of connective tissue are left for days on the floor and then swept up into the grinder. The reason they add ammonia is because if they didn't people would die from the bacteria. The whole point of pink slime is to pad the beef companies' disgusting product and make it more profitable. A good analogy would be if bread companies started adding ground up wheat chaff to the flour they use to make their bread. Or if butter companies started mixing cow shit into their butter. People who eat pink slime are repulsive. Who would want to date a person who eats something so disgusting?

      September 15, 2012 at 4:13 am |
    • ksjpw

      100% agree!

      September 15, 2012 at 4:15 am |
    • Youre wrong

      centuries? do you always just open your mouth and infest others with your fallacies?

      September 15, 2012 at 4:26 am |
    • KJ

      This is a step in the direction you appear to want. Your argument doesn't make sense. And btw, the classic hot dog sales have been on the drop whereas many customers are wanting 100% beef or other types of hot dogs which have less of the pieces parts of the dogs of our youth. There are a couple of restaurants and butcher shops here in Atlanta that make their own hot dogs and sausages out of top quality beef, chicken and pork. Not to say there isn't still a lot of "junk" out there that people are eating but we are slowly moving in the right direction IMHO.

      September 15, 2012 at 10:31 am |
      • JimTheo

        No wonder dogs taste like crap these days!!

        September 15, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  29. josh rogen

    if the news service knowingly lied then they should pay

    September 15, 2012 at 2:47 am |
    • John

      Did you even read the article?

      September 15, 2012 at 3:39 am |
  30. Wise

    I prefer to pay higher prices for meat that does not contain "Pink slime" not because of its ammonia content. Ammonia in low levels persists in a lot of foods. Ammonia is used to kill something far more dangerous–bacteria. However Cargill uses Citric Acid in place of Ammonia and its still "pink slime". Technically it is still ~90% lean beef. You can eat it, you've probably eaten it in the past and you will not die from it or get sick from it either. Anyway, I choose not to eat beef containing pink slime because of the texture. I just don't care for it. I grind my own ground beef because I like control the flavor. Prepacked ground beef at the store tastes bland and feels like paste. I've avoided it well before I even was aware of "pink slime" At least now I understand why I didn't like it.

    September 15, 2012 at 2:44 am |
    • tucsontom

      Same here, the really cheap prepacked ground beef actually tastes rotten.

      September 15, 2012 at 6:06 am |
  31. jon

    Ammonia isn't good for the body. Why the heck do you think we flush it out when we urinate. Urine is full of Ammonia especially the first of the morning.

    September 15, 2012 at 2:39 am |
    • The Dave

      The amount of ammonia in ground beef made with pink slime is extremely small. You should much sooner be complaining much louder about the antibiotics they pump farm animals full of....

      September 15, 2012 at 2:50 am |
  32. Geoff

    Beef Products Incorporated would be well advised to let this issue go rather than remind people of what it is they sell. I know penguins would rather go to a baseball game than eat pink slime.

    September 15, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • BioHzrd

      I think the words "Soylent Pink" said it all.

      September 15, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  33. ph8t0708

    I am just curious if they plan to pay those 700 workers for lost wages should they win this suit since they felt the need to speak of plants closing.

    September 15, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • Amused

      Of course they won't. Like Romney, they believe they are 'entitled' to good business and more sales, and that anything that reduces sales must be a criminal offense, because business is American, and in their minds, to be against any business is to be against America.

      September 15, 2012 at 7:52 am |
  34. Gatlin Groberg

    The complaint filed by BPI includes more than 200 separate paragraphs alleging many different conclusory statements; there's a good chance that it violates Rule 8 of the FRCP.

    September 15, 2012 at 1:19 am |
  35. 2/8

    Over a billion dollars? Yeah....I'm sure they'll see penny number one from that. Just quit making that crap and everybody will be happy.

    September 15, 2012 at 1:08 am |
  36. JustUs3

    Really?! People already knew about "pink slime", ABC just happen to pick up the story. That's why they are called "reporters". Don't know if they new this, but there is a "organic" movement happening. People are beginning to ask questions and doing research behind the food they eat. Actually they have been doing this for years, its just starting to pick up momentum which makes a great "news piece" for reporters. Are these idiots planning to sue their own customers for smarting up? Seriously, get a life better yet maybe they should take this a hint and start making improvements to make the customers happy.

    September 15, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  37. Cow Tipper

    I am going to tell you what you can do right now. You go to the store and buy stew beef, and other less popular cuts, then....you take it home and grind it yourself. I do not care if it is Walmart, Kroger or whoever, Most of these stores do not care about your safety in the safe food perspective and are just looking out for the bottom line for profit. I worked for Kroger for 7 years and I know this to be true! Also.....the 'small guy" which means the butcher (which has been out sourced to cut union wages) and most of the other employees working for these company's would not even have a chance of supporting there families if it was not for the United Food and Commercial Union representing them! If you are not so savvy to gring your own beef at home, go to a real butcher out in the country and keep it real, corporate america will keep pumping the pink slim into you, and you will be the only one to blame!

    September 15, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Cow Tripper

      Thank you sir! You know the real deal. Wish there were more people like you!!!
      God Bless ya!

      September 15, 2012 at 6:11 am |
    • Amused

      I went to a Wal mart a few years ago, and say that the T-Bone steak they had on the dhelves was turning green, so I notified the manager. He said "Oh, yeah, they forgot to inject that one." Thanks, I'll never buy meat from Wal Mart again...

      September 15, 2012 at 7:54 am |
  38. Martin

    If the executives of this company claim there is no problem with pink slime, let's see them live off the food it contains exclusively for one month.

    September 15, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • BioHzrd

      I like your thinking.

      September 15, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • 66Biker

      Only one month? How about they live on it for a year or two or three? Or better yet, how about if they couldn't afford anything else. Period. How would they feel then?

      September 15, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  39. jdoe

    Let's face it. Americans have been eating dog food without knowing it, courtesy of Corporate America.

    September 15, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • Bubba Gump

      Well put. Woof!

      September 15, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • 66Biker

      I have no problem with that. As long as it's gourmet dog food and it costs three times as much as regular dog food. I'm a picky eater, and everything has to be gourmet and expensive.

      September 15, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  40. fekt

    There has to be some consequences for news organizations to be more truthful," stated Beef Products Inc. founder Eldon Roth Not that what they said was a lie. It's just they'd like to add more of their own "facts" to the story. Like it's tastey and not disgusting at all if you have no idea you're eating garbage dipped in poison.

    September 15, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • Dawn

      Agreed 100%. People refuse to vaccinate their children and now people are dying of whooping cough and meningitis, but complain about feeding their kids preprocessed/overprocessed and food with who knows what in it. Geeze people, support your local farms and producers and eat what is healthy. Beef fat from a 'real cow' is actually yellow from the grasses and corn it is fed Not the liquid slop that is fed to make your nice steak withall that white fat around it.

      September 15, 2012 at 3:41 am |
      • Paul

        I fail to see how vaccination fits into this discussion; but since you brought it up than I will bring up this.
        People may refuse vaccination because of whatever reason, and I don't think it's much of an issue. People drive drunk, smoke cigarettes, ride a bicycle without a helmet, slip and fall in the shower, die from prescription medications and I could go on and on. It's called freedom to choose. Death is 100% certain..it's all about risk assessment. Right now I am not convinced that vaccination is worth the risk.

        September 15, 2012 at 9:18 am |
        • Tony

          Not getting vaccinated might not only kill that person, but thousands of others. I'm relatively happy to be rid of polio, smallpox, etc. None of that would have been possible without substantial vaccination rates.

          September 15, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  41. Chris

    I saw it on the TV show Food revolution and thats what made me really look into it and stop buying it. I switched to turkey instead and it has been good and better for me. I'll still eat beef, and I'm not too too worried about the stuff.. However, it isn't all that more expensive to eat beef without it... so why not.

    September 15, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • Food Safety Auditor

      If you know what I know about turkey slaughter and processing, you wouldn't eat that either. I won't.

      September 15, 2012 at 12:08 am |
      • Chris

        This year, I've started to juice and eat veggies and fruit, and cut out most meat all together, at least for awhile, after gaining weight to 325lbs,, I'm now down to 225. I'll look into the turkey claims. I have no desire to be 100% meatless, and I don't need fully organic produce.. but I do like the idea of clean whole foods as much as possible. thanks for the info

        September 15, 2012 at 12:13 am |
        • JustUs3

          We have also cut back our meat consumption and increased our raw fruit and vegetables intake but not because of this. We have always eaten healthy well balanced meals, but felt then need to change and my hubby was having stomach problems. We watch a documentary on Netflix about decreasing meat, which helped make our decision. Since the change my husbands stomach problem has gone away, and we feel so much better. And If you really think about it before technology gave us preservatives our ancestors lived off the land and meat wasn't on the menu all the time. They ate with the seasons and what they could grow, harvest or gather.

          September 15, 2012 at 1:06 am |
        • JustUs3

          OH and congratulations on the weight loss. :OD

          September 15, 2012 at 1:07 am |
        • Chris

          thanks so much!

          November 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
      • Homie

        Or Chicken either.

        September 15, 2012 at 3:14 am |
      • Chris

        geesh! Yeah!

        November 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  42. Pink slimy

    Instead of accepting responsibility, pink Slime manufactures are still trying to battle back. This is what happens when Cooperations are treated the same as individuals.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • Food Safety Auditor

      Responsibility for what? Producing a safe product out of something that would have been discarded and making an affordable product available to consumers?

      September 15, 2012 at 12:10 am |
      • Dude

        Thats ok as long as people know what they are getting. Just tell me if I'm eating beef or beef butt holes and I'll decide if the cost difference is worth it or not.

        September 15, 2012 at 12:45 am |
        • Jack O'Fall

          Just what did you think went into ground beef before this story? Filet Mignon, flank steak, and ribeye? Or all the letfover parts? That's all pink slime is. It just takes more processing to break the connective tissue into edible tasty bits. It's the exact same process that Sous Vide uses to make cuts of tasty but tough meat into delicious and tender steaks.
          As far as the cleaning, they do that with the non-pink slime ground beef as well. If you think that's gross, go buy grass-fed steaks from the farmer and get it butchered yourself. Anything else and you are getting the industrial food product, regardless what it is labeled.
          Learn more about what goes into this and it won't seem worth your furor against it.

          September 15, 2012 at 2:14 am |
      • Grass Fed Beef 4 life

        When you start viewing us as human beings and not just "consumers", you may actually understand.

        September 15, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • Amused

      I'll believe corporations are people as soon as Texas executes one.

      September 15, 2012 at 7:56 am |
      • Bubba Gump

        Ha! Now that should be televised.

        September 15, 2012 at 8:41 am |
      • Sharp

        I'll help strap Bain Capital to the gurney. My patriotic duty.

        September 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  43. Marc from Florida

    One thing for sure, no matter what the outcome of the case, the lawyers involved will be able to afford a steady diet of Filet Mignon!

    September 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  44. dc

    How do you feel about Spam, or Hot Dogs? Get Real, people! Study long enough and the only thing you'll eat is grass! The salt in most processed foods will kill you quicker than any of these!

    September 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • engineerfla

      Yep. If you truly want a healthy diet stop being lazy. In the most extreme case, grow your own food. If you are more lazy than that, like me, go to farmers market. Much beyond that you are too lazy to give two rats about what is in your food. You are responsible for what you eat. If you honestly think the food your kid eats at school is top notch then I am guessing you never made it past the 7th grade. Stop taking advantage of the free/reduced lunch and pack your kid a lunch where you know the ingredients came from. Dont' have time? Stop complaining.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • beadlesaz

      dc – these are the same people who consume vast amounts of highly processed foods that are loaded with sugars, sodium, chemicals, etc. Let's not tell them how many maggots the FDA allows in a can of mushrooms.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • Dude

      People who eat spam and hot dogs know what they are getting. When you order a hamburger you expect ground round/chuck. As long as they say its ground chuck with filler its fine.

      September 15, 2012 at 12:49 am |
  45. dillio1973@yahoo.com

    I hope ABC files a counter suit !!!!! As a consumer I was appalled to find out that I was buying "blended connective tissue" that was being sold to me under the name of BEEF ... These people have some nerve !!!

    THANK YOU ABC !!!!!

    September 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • dc

      How do these people feel about Spam, or Hot Dogs? Get Real, people! Study long enough and the only thing you'll eat is grass! The salt in most processed foods will kill you quicker!

      September 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
      • C2k

        Amen DC ! Finally someone on this forum is living in reality.

        September 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
      • Mr Ammonia

        DC even the Veggies and Grass arent that safe.

        (Have you ever visited one of the large farms where produce comes from ? The ones in cali for example dont have bathrooms or port-a-potties for their workers out in the fields. Guess where they go ? In the irrigation ditches that run off into produce, which can cause higher amounts of ammonia then whats in the "pink slime", and here trace amounts of ammonia in burgers is upsetting people?)

        September 14, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
      • Youre wrong

        DC you are a fool

        September 15, 2012 at 4:27 am |
    • Jack O'Fall

      Would you rather your meat get labeled "dead and aged carcass, mechanically stripped from the bones and skin, processed in a plant that processed 100,000 mangy unhealthy cows last year, and was only cited for 2 recalls due to bacteria from when they didn't put enough ammonia into it to kill all the bacteria present at the plant"
      B/c that's even more descriptive, yet even less appetizing. At least pink slime is cooked well before it is processed, so all the bacteria it came with is dead.

      September 15, 2012 at 2:21 am |
  46. oakhill3

    I find it interesting that you have a company here who is suing because consumers made a decision once they found out about how their ground beef was being served, yet Canada won't allow it at all in their country precisely because of the ammonia component, and the European Union and the UK have banned it. So. . . .tell me again why we have a government agency who says its safe? (Oh wait a minute. I know. The guy who was the head of the FDA back when this junk was okayed for human use, became the CEO of one of these pink slime producing pariahs. Or vice versa. I forget which.) Either way, I don't trust the FDA in the least. What a joke they are. How often do you see yet another report coming out extolling the dangers of things the FDA previously said were just fine. Sorry, but I do believe palms are greased to get things stamped as "safe".

    September 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • punkin

      Well said.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  47. Bryan

    Beef...who eats beef? Eat Mor Chikn! LONG LIVE Chick-fil-A!!!

    September 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  48. solitairedog

    They told the truth. WIth all of this discussion going on about free speech, I think this lawsuit is dead on arrival.

    September 14, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • Sharp

      This is what is called a SLAP Lawsuit. Of course it is frivolous. The real purpose is to harass & intimidate. That is what the rich do when their interests are threatened. Mostly it is used against modest public interest groups & brave individuals. It happens every day & nobody usually even knows.

      September 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  49. lewtwo

    BPI has focused in on the media giant ...
    Translation: The lawyers have determined that ABC has the deepest pockets.

    September 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
  50. Margaret

    This stuff is the scraps that fall on the floor and then picked up and reused. Find a restaurant that would pass inspection if the dropped only a tomato, rinsed it off and used it. This is raw meat and they put chemicals on or in it and expect people to accept that as food? Get real you money grabbers. The audacity of trying to pawn that off on the public in secret is overwhelming. The effect of that stuff could not have been researched enough to be known. Who paid off who at the FDA or USDA to get that to market?

    September 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
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