Thursday, September 13, 2012
Beef Products Inc. has filed a defamation lawsuit against ABC News stemming from coverage of a meat product called "finely textured beef."
Who can forget a memorable term like "pink slime," which critics used to describe "lean, finely textured beef," an inexpensive filler used to stretch ground beef found commonly in grocery stores and restaurants? Media outlets jumped on the story – and the term. Businesses around Iowa and beyond such as Hy-Vee pulled the meat from their shelves, restaurants and schools stopped serving it, and Beef Products Inc., the processor of the meat, closed its Cedar Valley plant which cost 650 jobs. Two companies won't soon be forgetting the term. BPI of South Dakota has filed a billion dollar defamation lawsuit against ABC News, anchor Diane Sawyer and others. The lawsuit claims the network misled consumers into believing the product is unhealthy and…
Monday, May 7, 2012
The plant had originally closed temporarily in response to the "pink slime" controversy.
Beef Products Inc. officials announced it will shutdown processing plants in three states, including one in Waterloo, Iowa, due to the recent “pink slime” controversy, according to an article by the Gazette. About 650 jobs will be lost in a number of cities when the plants close on May 25. "Pink slime," or what the company calls "lean, finely textured beef," is bits of beef that are heated and treated with a small amount of ammonia. "We will continue communicating the benefits of BPI's lean beef, but that process is much more difficult than (countering) the campaign to spread misinformation that brought us to this point," Rich Jochum, a company spokesperson, said in a statement. "While we had hoped to be able to resume operation at those …
Monday, April 9, 2012
Some blame the governor. Some blame the media. Some don't blame anybody at all.
Monday, April 9, 2012
One person's "pink slime" apparently is another's "finely textured beef." Whatever you call it, here's what it is: The controversial beef product made from scraps of leftover meat that's treated with ammonia. Gov. Terry Branstad has been defending it, calling the media coverage a "smear campaign." He wants a federal probe into who's responsible for all this smack talk about the meat. When Patch ran that story, among the many comments was this: "Branstad keeps this issue alive in the media more than anyone else...The 'pink slime' industry needs to tell Branstad to shut up already if they have any hope of recovering. And we received this comment, too: "The media needs to get off this whole thing. It is nothing...There is no problem--there …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Recent campaign donations unearthed by the Des Moines Register show that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has received more than $150,000 in campaign contributions from a "pink slime" producer.
You’ve told us how you feel about "pink slime." That's the controversial beef product made from scraps of leftover meat and treated with ammonia. It's the one that's been pulled from shelves faster than Tickle Me Elmo. "I am furious that for years I did not know what I was feeding my children, not to mention myself," said a Patch commenter. "This is one of the worst food stories I have heard ever." You may know that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has been in the news lately defending the product, calling the media coverage a "smear campaign." He has called for a federal probe into the matter. “It’s time to end the smear campaign and to stop the use of inaccurate, inappropriate and charged words that are designed to scare people,” Branstad said …