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Lean Finely Textured Beef Defamation Case Moves On

Lean Finely Textured Beef Defamation Case Moves On

Court won't hear ABC News appeal of decision to continue with defamation case brought by Beef Products Inc. in LFTB 'pink slime' matter

The South Dakota Supreme Court last week denied an April ABC News appeal of a March ruling to hear arguments in the defamation case brought by Beef Products Inc. regarding the 2012 media representations of lean finely textured beef.

BPI's $1.2 billion lawsuit against the network will now proceed to the discovery phase, reports the Sioux City Journal.

Related: BPI's Lean Finely Textured Beef Defamation Case Will Proceed

BPI filed suit against ABC in September, 2012, alleging that ABC launched a disinformation campaign that had an adverse effect on BPI's reputation, and used the term "pink slime" to describe the company's LFTB even after it had been provided factual information about the product.

Court won't hear ABC News appeal of defamation case brought by Beef Products Inc. in 'pink slime' matter

Initial arguments regarding the ABC, BPI "pink slime" case were heard in December, 2013.

Related: BPI Takes Lean Finely Textured Beef Critics to Court

According to the American Meat Institute, lean finely textured beef is a USDA-inspected product that begins as a mixture of beef trimmings that are finely ground and then spun in a centrifuge to remove most of the fat, resulting in a product that is roughly 95% lean.

For more on the latest court decision, continue reading on the Sioux City Journal webpage.

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