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(Gizmodo)   Pink slime producers file slimy lawsuit against reporters who said their pink and slimy product was pink slime. Pink slime   (gizmodo.com) divider line 33
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2013-03-05 08:30:47 AM
Dear members of the jury, is this product pink?  Does it feel like slime?
 
2013-03-05 09:32:43 AM
thepoptopshop.com
 
2013-03-05 09:43:52 AM
blogs.amctv.com

Considering a class-action defamation suit.
 
2013-03-05 09:53:05 AM
Accurate reporting is accurate.

Lawsuit just makes it even more public.  This is an attempt to pressure to settle, but it's going to blow up in their faces if the network doesn't cave.
 
2013-03-05 10:04:39 AM
I miss pink slime.

The low-price low-fat hamburger doesn't taste nearly as good since they removed the pink slime.
 
2013-03-05 10:09:51 AM
I don't think there is any way they could get this to stick. The information I read wasn't so much to tell you about how the product was unsafe for human consumption, but rather that how it was disgusting for humans to eat it.
 
2013-03-05 10:34:30 AM
Streisand Effect commencing in 5, 4, 3, 2..............
 
2013-03-05 10:35:16 AM
The problem is in the name, not the description. You tell people they're eating "slime" and that's the end of it.
 
2013-03-05 10:48:29 AM
Now if only Diane Sawyer would report on how the dairy industry wants to feed our kids unlabeled artificial sugar water.
 
2013-03-05 10:52:35 AM
A defense attorney is going to plop a sample of the slime on a table, pull out a dictionary and say "it meets the definition of slime, and it's pink. Judge, can we go now?"
 
Xai
2013-03-05 11:10:06 AM
why is it that they can't just put 'mechanically separated beef product' or something in the ingredients and people who don't want to eat it won't.
 
2013-03-05 11:22:10 AM
If you don't want to be embarrassed by somebody pointing out that your product looks disgusting, then don't make a disgusting looking product. Ta-daa!
 
2013-03-05 11:24:04 AM

Xai: why is it that they can't just put 'mechanically separated beef product' or something in the ingredients and people who don't want to eat it won't.


Because if they label their products, then people might not want to eat it because 'mechanically separated beef product' sounds absolutely disgusting and it's not their fault their product is so disgusting. Gosh. Therefore, they have the right to withhold information from consumers. Or something.
 
2013-03-05 11:34:34 AM

adenosine: I don't think there is any way they could get this to stick. The information I read wasn't so much to tell you about how the product was unsafe for human consumption, but rather that how it was disgusting for humans to eat it.


For me the takeaway was that they started mixing in what are normally considered low-quality cuts of meat (previously used in dog food), and called it something completely misleading (lean finely textured beef) to hide the fact that they were doing it. Now they don't like it that someone else made it public and used a different name that makes them look bad. Boo-farking-hoo. I don't really see them winning this case.

Nothing is wrong with the meat itself except for the fact that humans has strange ideas that somehow some organs are more disgusting to eat than others (and I won't claim immunity from this), but I hate bullshiat marketing. It may be naive, but I want to be able to go to the store and decide what to buy based on the cost vs. quality. Don't try to sell me shiat and tell me it's gold.
 
2013-03-05 12:05:01 PM
The whole pink slime thing was just sensationalism. I never understood the aversion to "pink slime" or lean finely textured beef. There is certainly nothing unhealthy about beef that is ground down into a paste. The media just tried to make it seem as gross as possible.

How appetizing does artificially coagulated bovine mamillary secretions sound?
 
2013-03-05 12:22:30 PM

max_pooper: The whole pink slime thing was just sensationalism. I never understood the aversion to "pink slime" or lean finely textured beef. There is certainly nothing unhealthy about beef that is ground down into a paste.


The takeaway is that consumers got outraged by the ingredient based on the name, and didn't question the motives of companies willing to buy this stuff to put in their food products to begin with.  Sure, pink slime is benign.  The stuff is so bad that they have to pump so much ammonia into that it can't be used in percentages much above 15%, but it won't kill you.  But anything that did use pink slime is using crap a lot worse than that, has been well before they started using pink slime and -- due to lack of scrutiny -- still is.
 
2013-03-05 12:32:35 PM
When they want to call their products "fresh or natural", its just puffery; but, when someone actually presents a realistic description, its a lawsuit.

"Technically correct" slimeball lawyers are why we can't have nice things.
 
2013-03-05 12:36:56 PM

max_pooper: How appetizing does artificially coagulated bovine mamillary secretions sound?


I would put some in my hot ground up jungle cat poo extract but I'm sure someone will come in and explain that it's a travesty to drink it anything other than black.
 
2013-03-05 01:21:01 PM

max_pooper: There is certainly nothing unhealthy about beef that is ground down into a paste


You do it with a duck liver it is considered a delicacy.  You do it with beef it is a heresy.
 
2013-03-05 01:56:36 PM

Saiga410: There is certainly nothing unhealthy about beef that is ground down into a paste  You do it with a duck liver it is considered a delicacy. You do it with beef it is a heresy.


People have been eating ground beef for ages.  No one cares that it's ground up.  If you're going to argue with yourself, do it in private so grown-ups can talk.
 
2013-03-05 05:04:01 PM
www.webstaurantstore.com


Forcemeats are nothing new. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forcemeat)
 
2013-03-05 06:27:57 PM
If only I could come up with a good adjective to describe the company's lawyers...
 
2013-03-05 06:44:23 PM

Xai: why is it that they can't just put 'mechanically separated beef product' or something in the ingredients and people who don't want to eat it won't.


I would still eat it after a blind taste testing to confirm I couldn't tell.
 
2013-03-05 06:49:34 PM
www.japanator.com
 
2013-03-05 06:52:51 PM

Smackledorfer: I would still eat it after a blind taste testing to confirm I couldn't tell.


I think most people would still be fine with it. Most people are fine with mechanically separated chicken for nuggets.
What most people probably have a problem with is this company won't disclose their practices, and the pink slime makes its way into food without consumers' knowledge.
 
2013-03-05 07:46:36 PM
This seems appropriate, though it's difficult to have sympathy for corporate media.  Still, I'm worried about the precedent of journalists afraid to criticize deep pockets.  The Scientologists perfected the strategy.
 
2013-03-05 08:30:19 PM

relaxitsjustme: If only I could come up with a good adjective to describe the company's lawyers...


pondscum comes to mind...
 
2013-03-05 08:51:44 PM

Sergeant Grumbles: Smackledorfer: I would still eat it after a blind taste testing to confirm I couldn't tell.

I think most people would still be fine with it. Most people are fine with mechanically separated chicken for nuggets.
What most people probably have a problem with is this company won't disclose their practices, and the pink slime makes its way into food without consumers' knowledge.


Agreed.
 
2013-03-05 09:11:37 PM

jso2897: Streisand Effect commencing in 5, 4, 3, 2..............


after you lose 500 Million in a year, what's the real harm, you are already "broke"
 
2013-03-06 01:33:00 AM

nmemkha: When they want to call their products "fresh or natural", its just puffery; but, when someone actually presents a realistic description, its a lawsuit.

"Technically correct" slimeball lawyers are why we can't have nice things.


junkfoodnews.net
 
2013-03-06 10:44:50 AM
I'd box the vagina off Pink. Slimy or not.
 
2013-03-06 10:07:57 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: Xai: why is it that they can't just put 'mechanically separated beef product' or something in the ingredients and people who don't want to eat it won't.

Because if they label their products, then people might not want to eat it because 'mechanically separated beef product' sounds absolutely disgusting and it's not their fault their product is so disgusting. Gosh. Therefore, they have the right to withhold information from consumers. Or something.


Well, seriously, if you fully disclosed what was in your pooper who would want to fark it?
 
2013-03-08 01:21:56 PM
Pretty much, its a non-risk scenario, as their business is shot, anyway...Who cares if people get further disgusted with their inner workings? They might as well put all their eggs in this basket of winning a lawsuit....
 
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