Given the high legal threshold Beef Products Inc. faced in order to prevail in their lawsuit against ABC news, this settlement is surprising.

However, I think it confirms what BPI argued during the 18 days of the trial, that lean, finely-textured beef is a safe and wholesome beef product, and it helps our industry eliminate food waste.

I also think it provides some level of assurance to food researchers and scientists currently working with technologies to make our food system safer and more efficient.