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ABC News asks federal court to dismiss “pink slime” lawsuit

Network says the hyperbolic term is protected by the First Amendment

ABC News, much like all of us, is ready to be done with “pink slime.” The network asked a federal court on Wednesday to throw out Beef Products Inc.’s (BPI) claims that its pink slime news reports were defamatory, Thomson Reuters reports.

Officially known as lean finely textured beef, pink slime is a filler used in ground beef made from trimmings and sterilized with ammonia. It earned the nauseating moniker when ABC aired broadcasts in March and April that questioned the product’s quality.

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