Former BPI employee plans lawsuit for pink slime frenzy

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A former Beef Products Inc. health and safety officer is planning a civil lawsuit to hold the media and other influencers responsible for job losses caused by the “pink slime” media storm.

Details about the lawsuit to be filed by former BPI environmental health and safety officer Bruce Smith will be given at a press conference June 26 afternoon. The press conference is hosted by Sioux City, Iowa-based Rauttnee Publishing Co., a company launched by Smith in 2004.

A press release announces the lawsuit is against a “national news broadcasting company" and "other prominent individuals" responsible for the pink slime controversy.

Consumer reaction to the pink slime coverage led BPI to close three of its four plants and layoff almost 1,000 employees.  

Smith released a book in response to the uproar over lean finely textured beef (LFTB) titled "Pink Slime Ate My Job." Copies of the book will be distributed at the press conference.

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James Burnham    
Mulberry, FL  |  June, 26, 2012 at 06:07 AM

The whole problem stems from the name given to this product "Pink Slime". It is very inaccurate in describing the product. For myself, I would prefer ground beef with this additional beef product added rather than not. Information and education is a wonderful thing.

Dwain Holmes    
Texas  |  June, 26, 2012 at 01:38 PM

You are right but it was the media that started calling it pink slime.I will bet if You follow the money that animal rights groups along with others that have something to gain by this are pushing this!

oh  |  June, 26, 2012 at 02:58 PM

it occured to me a couple years ago, agriculturalists are portrayed as greedy, evil, unethical, and immoral. how is it anti-ag groups feel that the tactics they employ to destroy an industry and livelihoods fo thousands, and possibly permanently damage the cornerstone of human existance and worldwide economy, and eliminate availability and choices of nutrition is ethical and moral?

NY  |  June, 28, 2012 at 02:07 PM

Without hyperbole, how is it ethical or moral to put products in people's food without telling them? That's what this whole uproar was mostly about, putting things in our food without telling us. And it was a USDA inspector that coined the term pink slime, in 2007 I believe, and the media simply lifted it from there.

TX  |  June, 30, 2012 at 02:42 PM

This pointless lawsuit will be thrown out faster than you can say pink slime. I thought Repubs fought against trivial lawsuits? Bill should spend his time applying for welfare and foodstamps.

SD  |  July, 02, 2012 at 10:14 PM

gerry, you need to check the facts! Hamburger containing LFTB could carry a label stating something like "extremely lean beef is recovered from the fat trimmed from the fat trimmed from steaks and roasts and ground, protected from e Coli, and ground and added to the fatter beef to achieve the 85 to 90% lean beerf most consumers want". But since is is ALL beef, isn't that redundant,not to mention an unnecessary expense??? I like the fact that we are saving that excellent quality bit of steak and roast which is too costly to hand trim from the source. It amounts to tons of meat, and if lost to the dumpster......what an obscene waste of food!


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