Sued for $1.2 BILLION
... Over Pink Slime!
The company behind the lawsuit is Beef Products Inc.
-- which claims ABC News made somewhere around 200 "false and
misleading and defamatory" statements about the product ... which BPI
refers to as lean, finely textured beef.
In one report, ABC
featured a former USDA scientist who claimed 70% of the ground beef
found in supermarkets contains pink slime ... "beef trimmings that were
once used only in dog food and cooking oil, now sprayed with ammonia to
make them safe to eat and then added to most ground beef as a cheaper
An attorney for BPI told the AP ... "[The ABC News
reports have] caused consumers to believe that our lean beef is not beef
at all -- that it's an unhealthy pink slime, unsafe for public
consumption, and that somehow it got hidden in the meat."
A rep for ABC insists "The lawsuit is without merit" ... adding, "We will contest it vigorously."
to the AP, a BPI rep says the ABC reports have had an "enormous impact"
on the company -- with 3 of it's 4 plants shutting down since the
stories hit the air ... resulting in a loss of 650 jobs.