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ABC News Settles 'Pink Slime' Suit

ABC News and the processor of 'pink slime' have agreed to settle the processor's $1.9 billion defamation lawsuit. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver first brought pink slime to light in 2011. ABC followed in March 2012 with a series of reports, saying the product was in 70 percent of ground beef sold in U.S. supermarkets. The public reaction was so strong that the percentage went down to 5 the next year.

ABC News settled a $1.9 billion defamation lawsuit Wednesday [June 28] over its 2012 report on the processed-meat product dubbed “pink slime.”

Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed.

South Dakota meat processor Beef Products Inc. sued ABC, anchor Diane Sawyer and reporter Jim Avila over a series of stories about “pink slime” — claiming its goods were painted as being unsafe and that the company’s business was hurt as a result. — Lia Eustachewich, New York Post

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