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Reuters reports that ABC News lost a final effort "to avoid a trial in a beef producer’s $5.7 billion defamation case over reports about a product that critics call 'pink slime,'" which is actually “lean finely textured beef” that is "made from beef chunks, including trimmings and exposed to tiny bursts of ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria" and included in ground beef products.

The story says that South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson "denied ABC’s petition to appeal a recent ruling letting plaintiff Beef Products Inc (BPI) take its case to a jury ... The case is scheduled to go to trial on June 5 and could last eight weeks."

BPI is arguing that ABC News and reporter Jim Avila defamed BPI with how it characterized "lean finely textured beef," while the network "has called BPI's lawsuit an attempt to chill media coverage of the industry and inhibit free speech."

While the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the use of "lean finely textured beef," one of its staff microbiologists actually is the person who coined the allegedly negative term, "pink slime."
KC's View:
BPI better hope it wins. This case goes back to 2012 coverage by ABC, and if the jury decides in favor of ABC, all that will have happened is that the whole "pink slime" thing will have been reintroduced to consumers.