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‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit Gets Green Light for Trial As Product Demand Returns


Lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) is back, and the lawsuit one of its producers has going against ABC News is not going away. It hasn’t been for lack of trying. ABC tried to get the “disparagement of agriculture” lawsuit dismissed, and, when that failed, transferred it to U.S. District Court. That failed, too. Now the… Continue Reading

Judge Hears Arguments in ABC’s ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Case


Lawyers representing ABC News and two former USDA inspectors squared off Tuesday in a South Dakota courtroom against attorneys for Beef Products Inc. (BPI) in a defamation lawsuit stemming from the television network’s coverage of the company’s product, “lean finely textured beef,” commonly referred to as “pink slime,” in a series of critical media coverage… Continue Reading

In Defense of Food Safety Leadership


My only child, Alex, died from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) caused by eating E. coli O157:H7-contaminated ground beef back in 1993 when he was only 6 years old. It was the most horrendous experience possible. His first symptoms were severe abdominal cramping and bowel movements that consisted strictly of blood and mucus. Alex suffered terribly… Continue Reading

What’s Wrong With Pink Slime?



It’s high in protein. It’s low in fat. It’s been treated to kill Salmonella and E. coli. It’s lab-tested before it is shipped. So what’s all the fuss about? Gerald Zirnstein, a former microbiologist with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, calls the product “pink slime” and doesn’t “consider the stuff to be ground beef,”… Continue Reading

BPI Ground Beef Gets Support From Food Safety Leaders


As Beef Products Inc. was being “slimed” this week —  from the blogosphere to network television — David M. Theno was feeling unusually helpless watching from Tampa where he was keynoting the 2012 Annual Beef Industry Safety Summit, along with Food Safety News publisher Bill Marler.   Theno, the guru who was brought in to… Continue Reading

Manipulated Public Opinion Trumps Real Science – Again



The very recent attacks on Beef Products Inc. by groups of well-intentioned but seriously misguided foodies is more proof that good science is too often trumped by manipulated public opinion. For those of you who don’t know the company, BPI produces a boneless lean beef product from trim that is usually lost. Its primary uses… Continue Reading

Beef Products Inc. to Test for Non-O157 E. Coli

One of the nation’s largest beef processors announced Thursday that it has begun testing for six poisonous strains of E. coli in addition to E. coli O157:H7 — the only serotype meat processors are required to monitor. Beef Products Inc. (BPI), the leading producer of lean beef in the U.S., says it will hold all… Continue Reading

BPI to Post Pathogen Test Results Online

Beef Products Inc. (BPI), the pioneer of ammonia-treated beef, announced on Friday it intends to begin posting all E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella test results online. “We intend to put in place a system that will allow everyone to have access to BPI test data for E.coli O157:H7 and Salmonella at virtually the same time… Continue Reading

BPI Sues to Keep Ammonia Beef Records Private

The ammonia beef saga has taken an interesting twist. Right before the New York Times published an article questioning the pervasive use of ammonia in beef processing, lawyers at Marler Clark, LLP, a food safety litigation firm based in Seattle, sent a formal request to Iowa State University seeking public records related to the research… Continue Reading

‘Yuck’ Factor: Ammonia in Your Beef

Ingesting ammonia could potentially be a bad thing.  Millions around the nation who consume beef products from fast food outlets consume small amounts of ammonia daily and the New York Times recently reported that ammonia-treated beef is being served to schoolchildren around the country.
Beef Products, Inc., or BPI, has created a process of using ammonia… Continue Reading