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ABC says it’s settling ‘pink slime’ defamation lawsuit

Lean, finely textured beef — nicknamed “pink slime” by critics — is frozen on a drum during the manufacturing process at a Beef Products Inc. plant in South Sioux City, Neb., in 2012. (Nati Harnik / Associated Press)

ABC News has reached a settlement with a South Dakota meat producer that filed a $1.9-billion lawsuit against the network over its reports on the company’s lean, finely textured beef product that critics dubbed “pink slime,” the TV network said Wednesday.

ABC spokeswoman Julie Townsend said in a statement that the network has “reached an amicable resolution of its dispute with the makers” of the beef product. Townsend said the settlement terms are confidential.

“Although we have concluded that continued litigation of this case is not in the company’s interests, we remain committed to the vigorous pursuit of truth and the consumer’s right to know about the products they purchase,” Townsend said.

Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based Beef Products sued ABC in 2012, saying the network’s coverage misled consumers into believing that the product was unsafe and led to the closure of three plants and the layoffs of roughly 700 workers.

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