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Disney's $177M 'Pink Slime' Leak

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March 29, 2012, file photo showing the beef product that critics call "pink slime" during a plant tour of Beef Products Inc. in South Sioux City, Nebraska. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 06:01 AM

The Disney "pink slime" defamation case against its ABC network by Beef Products Inc., described as ending in an undisclosed settlement, actually ended up costing the entertainment giant $177 million to settle, in addition to insurance recoveries, a quarterly financial report showed.

Privately-held BPI sued American Broadcasting Company in 2012 for $5.7 billion, saying it and reporter Jim Avila had defamed the company by using the "pink slime" tag, and making errors and omissions in a series of reports that year, Reuters reported.

Walt Disney Co. and BPI, which calls the product "lean finely textured beef," came to an undisclosed settlement in June, 3-1/2 weeks after a trial began in South Dakota, where BPI is based.

Disney reported the settlement of the litigation in a footnote to its financial report, saying it was seeking additional insurance proceeds to recover its cash payment.

The financial tables show a charge of $177 million described as being "in connection with settlement of litigation." The figure is not directly linked to the "pink slime" case, but the BPI litigation is the only one Disney specifies in the report.

Reuters could not immediately reach Disney and an attorney for BPI for comment.

In a statement in June, ABC said it stood by its reporting. After the case was settled, Avila said the company was not retracting his stories or apologizing, and his 2012 "pink slime" reports remained on the ABC News website.

BPI's signature product, commonly mixed into ground beef, is made from beef chunks, including trimmings, and exposed to bursts of ammonium hydroxide to kill E. coli bacteria and other contaminants.

A microbiologist formerly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is credited with having coined the term "pink slime."

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The Disney "pink slime" defamation case against its ABC network by Beef Products Inc., described as ending in an undisclosed settlement, actually ended up costing the entertainment giant $177 million to settle, in addition to insurance recoveries, a quarterly financial report showed.
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