Pink Slime, Revisited

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Just when you thought it was safe to stop talking about pink slime, Slate reminds you it's not over, not by a long shot: Producer Beef Products Inc. last month filed a defamation claim against ABC over the network's relentless repetition of the nasty-sounding phrase "pink slime" 137 times in its broadcasts, when "boneless lean beef trimmings" or "lean finely textured beef" terms used by manufacturers would have done just fine. "When Defendants called [lean finely textured beef] 'pink slime,' consumers understood that Defendants were indicating that LFTB was a noxious, repulsive, and filthy fluid," contends the claim. "The ABC Defendants' description of LFTB as 'pink slime' and 'Play-Doh' was knowingly false." Interestingly, some think the lawsuit has merit. [Slate, Earlier]