The news domain received yet another attack from a beef producer this time. ABC News was called for trial after its reportages from 2012 are suspected to have influenced the fall of Beef Products Inc. The main allegations revolve around the pink slime defamation to refer to Lean Finely Textured Beef. While the agency protected itself by claiming that the controversial collocation was by far not an in-house term, a meat expert testified in court Wednesday.
A Meat Expert Testified and Defined What LFTB Is
Mindy Brashears was called in front of a jury to testify on Wednesday. The meat expert talked about what truly LFTB is. The facts are that while the processed result loses its meaty shape, its content is 100% beef.
Slime is not beef. It does not meet any of the definitions of beef. It is false to call LFTB ‘pink slime.’
Mindy Brashears is a public health and food safety professor at Texas Tech University. The controversial pink slime defamation constitutes the main point of interest in the lawsuit that Beef Products Inc. opened against ABC News. The official documents in the trial stipulate that the term was used 350 times between March and April 2012 during ABC stories only. The main employee who referred to LFTB in such a manner was correspondent Jim Avila.
The LFTB content is mostly sold across America and used to complete ground beef mostly. However, once the news agency spoke about this business in such a manner, the company faced a massive backlash. In the end, they had to close three of their four plants.
Pink Slime Defamation Had Also Mixed up the Filler Parts
On top of that, Brashears also explained the ingredients that make LFTB which are different from the ones that ABC News reported. Besides beef, the product also has a filler that keeps the meat together. However, news stories told the world that this filler is actually made of trimmings of low quality. Not only that, but they reported that this element is mostly used in dog food and cooking oils.
However, there is a different reality to it. Brashears claimed in court that a filler is actually a non-meat element such as flour. This ingredient is then added to the processed meat.
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