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Cargill Rolls Out Labels for Some Finely Textured Beef Products


Calling it a move to improve transparency with consumers, major American beef producer Cargill has begun labeling some of its ground beef products that contain the company’s finely textured beef, a lean beef product derived from fatty trimmings. The company announced the decision to do so in November, saying it would make the move before… Continue Reading

Cargill to Label Products Containing Finely Textured Beef


Cargill Beef will begin labeling products that contain finely textured beef (FTB), a product sometimes referred to as “pink slime,” along with a similar product, lean finely textured beef made by Beef Products, Inc. The company plans to start using a label reading “Contains Finely Textured Beef” on its branded, U.S.-made ground beef before the 2014… Continue Reading

IAFP 2013: Bridging the Gap Between Food Science and Public Perception


With controversial issues such as genetically engineered foods, nanotechnology and Pink Slime occupying headlines that leave consumers concerned and food company executives wringing their hands, a panel of food safety experts convened on the second full day of the 2013 IAFP conference to answer a pressing question: How can the food industry bridge the gap… Continue Reading

Internal Emails Reveal FSIS Was Divided on ‘Pink Slime’

A look at the lean finely textured beef firestorm, one year later


By Helena Bottemiller and Gretchen Goetz By March of last year, lean finely textured beef (LFTB) had reached celebrity status under the unfavorable moniker “pink slime.” The product—which is made by centrifuging slightly heated fatty beef trimmings to separate out lean meat bits and then treating that meat with ammonia gas to reduce foodborne pathogens… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Filed in E. coli Death; Defendants Include JBS, BPI and Tyson


JBS Swift, Tyson Fresh Meat, Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and several other companies have been blamed for the 2010 death of a Minnesota man due to E. coli poisoning in a lawsuit filed against the defendants on Jan. 8. Robert Danell, a 62-year-old man with Down Syndrome, died from medical complications days after falling ill… Continue Reading

Ex-BPI Employee Sues Media Over LFTB Controversy


A former Beef Products Inc. employee has filed a civil lawsuit against a number of media sources, alleging that they “willfully and maliciously” spread false and misleading statements about BPI’s beef filler known as lean finely textured beef (LFTB), a product referred to as ‘pink slime’ by these sources. Those statements, the former employee claims,… Continue Reading

“Pink Slime” Lawsuit May Be Frivolous, But Could Chill Speech


To no one’s surprise, Beef Products Inc. (BPI) – maker of the ground beef product that took on the moniker of “pink slime” – filed a defamation lawsuit earlier this month against ABC News and several individuals. As I wrote in March at the height of the media uproar and consumer backlash, the entire pink… Continue Reading

Big Food and Big Ag Thwart Your “Right to Know” Anything About Your Food


The “right to know” is the rallying cry of more and more Americans who are fed up with our unappetizing, unhealthy, secretive food system. Consumers are demanding that Big Food/Ag draw back the curtain on unsavory industry practices, shocking nutritional information and unlabeled ingredients. So what’s industry’s response? They are spending hundreds of millions of… Continue Reading

BPI and Pink Slime: An Updated Timeline


In the Spring of 2012, a beef product called “Lean Finely Textured Beef,” an ingredient in an estimated 70 percent of America’s ground beef, came under fire because the meat — which is pulled from a cow carcass after the main cuts of beef have been removed and separated from bones and tissue in a… Continue Reading

Alar Apples Case Precedence for BPI v. ABC

A closer look at the Lean Finely Textured Beef defamation case


The most important food product disparagement case to come before Beef Products Inc. v. ABC was dropped into the “in” basket at South Dakota’s First Judicial District in Elk Point, SD. Like this latest case, Auvil v. CBS “60 Minutes” involved a food product being damaged by what was shown and said on television. In… Continue Reading