By Jonathan Benson | Natural News
A major producer of the infamous “pink slime” meat product that captured headlines back in the spring is suing ABC News, news anchor Diane Sawyer, and several other individuals for what it claims was “a month-long vicious, concerted disinformation campaign” about “lean finely textured beef.”
Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and several of its affiliate companies are seeking a whopping $1.2 billion in damages from ABC News for exposing pink slime to the public, a move the company says “severely damaged” its business.
BPI is claiming that much of the information disseminated by ABC News about pink slime was defamatory, including its very use of the term pink slime, according to Courthouse News Service (CNS). BPI maintains that pink slime is not actually slime, but rather a legitimate form of beef that has been widely used in beef products for several decades without incident, that is until the public recently became aware of its existence.
Since ‘pink slime’ has never been properly labeled, shouldn’t the public be suing BPI instead?
But like genetically-modified organisms (GMO), pink slime has never been properly labeled in beef products because producers like BPI have long claimed that it is just beef, and thus does not require additional labeling. But as we pointed out previously, pink slime is not just beef like BPI claims — it is more of a beef “paste,” at best, that has been heavily treated with toxic ammonia chemicals and processed into a mush that looks more like soft-serve ice cream than actual meat. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
The fact that the presence of pink slime in conventional beef has been veiled from the public for more than 20 years is much more concerning than any monetary loss that BPI and others in the industry have sustained as a result of their dirty little secret being made public.
If anything, the public should be suing BPI for hiding a toxic food additive in the beefsupply all these years, rather than BPI suing the media for merely doing its job by reporting on an issue that is obviously of major concern.