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(WTOP)   Company that produces "pink slime" beef that was banned from the market after unfavorable media coverage discovers a way to solve all their problems: Sue the bejesus out of every journalist who wrote bad things about them   (wtop.com) divider line 142
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2014-07-30 07:47:27 PM  
I hope he spends every penny he has on a fruitless suit or two and ends up living under a bridge with only pink slime for food.
 
2014-07-30 07:58:23 PM  
Yes, yes, suing the media always works in your favor.

You'd have been better to it was forgotten, another few weeks.
 
2014-07-30 08:00:36 PM  
The product is made using a process in which butchered cow trimmings are heated, lean meat is separated from fat, and ammonia gas is applied to the meat to kill bacteria.

Fine. Just put THAT on the label. Or is the AP going to get sued for describing it that way?
 
2014-07-30 08:11:30 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Yes, yes, suing the media always works in your favor.

You'd have been better to it was forgotten, another few weeks.


It never ceases to amaze me how many companies seem to think that the best way to overcome an image problem is to sue the media and say, "Yes, it was truthful, but we don't like how you said it."

I hope every media outlet involved gives their product factual, incredibly detailed coverage.
 
2014-07-30 08:26:54 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I_Am_Weasel: Yes, yes, suing the media always works in your favor.

You'd have been better to it was forgotten, another few weeks.

It never ceases to amaze me how many companies seem to think that the best way to overcome an image problem is to sue the media and say, "Yes, it was truthful, but we don't like how you said it."

I hope every media outlet involved gives their product factual, incredibly detailed coverage.


It is not factual to suggest that this stuff is unsafe to eat. Unpleasant, yes, but there is nothing unsafe about it, and if a journalist said there is then they are guilty of libel.
 
2014-07-30 08:35:20 PM  

revrendjim: Benevolent Misanthrope: I_Am_Weasel: Yes, yes, suing the media always works in your favor.

You'd have been better to it was forgotten, another few weeks.

It never ceases to amaze me how many companies seem to think that the best way to overcome an image problem is to sue the media and say, "Yes, it was truthful, but we don't like how you said it."

I hope every media outlet involved gives their product factual, incredibly detailed coverage.

It is not factual to suggest that this stuff is unsafe to eat. Unpleasant, yes, but there is nothing unsafe about it, and if a journalist said there is then they are guilty of libel.


IIRC, no one said that.  They described the product accurately and called it "pink slime" - the name is what the company is objecting to.  I remember when this was a big deal - and I remember stories saying specifically that it was safe for human consumption, approved, common...  But when the public realized what they were eating, whether or not it was technically non-poisonous, everyone let out a collective "Ick!"  No company likes to have their flagship product to be thought of as Icky.
 
2014-07-30 10:13:34 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: But when the public realized what they were eating, whether or not it was technically non-poisonous, everyone let out a collective "Ick!"


And then they got distracted by something on the TV and went right back to eating at McDonald's and Taco Bell.  I can't believe this actually hurt this company's business.
 
2014-07-30 10:14:35 PM  
"Dad, it says 'non-toxic.'"  2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-30 10:15:29 PM  
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2014-07-30 10:16:29 PM  
What exactly is the difference between the pink slime and potted meat?
 
2014-07-30 10:18:53 PM  
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2014-07-30 10:21:12 PM  

LazerFish: What exactly is the difference between the pink slime and potted meat?


Potted meat isn't mixed with raw real hamburger and marketed as raw real hamburger.
 
2014-07-30 10:25:04 PM  

fusillade762: The product is made using a process in which butchered cow trimmings are heated, lean meat is separated from fat, and ammonia gas is applied to the meat to kill bacteria.

Fine. Just put THAT on the label. Or is the AP going to get sued for describing it that way?


Emulsified ammonia-processed beef product rolls off the tongue.
 
2014-07-30 10:25:08 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: LazerFish: What exactly is the difference between the pink slime and potted meat?

Potted meat isn't mixed with raw real hamburger and marketed as raw real hamburger.


That's because it is real ground beef.  Of course the pink slime is the safest part of that burger since it's the only part that burger that has been sterilized during processing.
 
2014-07-30 10:26:18 PM  

Allen262: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x521]

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Done in (Allen)262

/what i came here for
 
2014-07-30 10:29:39 PM  
Soon they will be wishing that they had consulted the firm of Streisand and Co. before filing these lawsuits. Instead, now we will all be reminded of lean,finely textured beef, where "The product is made using a process in which butchered cow trimmings are heated, lean meat is separated from fat, and ammonia gas is applied to the meat to kill bacteria. "
 
2014-07-30 10:30:05 PM  
These guys are absolutely Hell-bent on shoving this awful offal down our throats, aren't they?

I suppose the journalists were responsible for the cover-up in preventing the consumers from finding out that some of the expensive hamburger meat they were buying also had pureed pig buttholes mixed in it as well.
 
2014-07-30 10:31:02 PM  
I don't have a problem with this. The media they are suing said things about "pink slime" that the media knew to be false and that the media believed people would believe to be true. That passes the defamation test in the US.
 
2014-07-30 10:31:12 PM  
Color it blue. Problem solved.
 
2014-07-30 10:31:21 PM  
"You are so sued!"

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2014-07-30 10:32:25 PM  
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2014-07-30 10:33:01 PM  
They may have a case if they can prove calling it "pink slime" hurt their sales. Or if a journalist said it was unsafe to eat
 
2014-07-30 10:35:36 PM  
Man behind the lawsuit:

sethspopcorn.com

And his clients, who're suing for emotional suffering:

www.i-mockery.com

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2014-07-30 10:35:43 PM  

jgk3: Vlad_the_Inaner: LazerFish: What exactly is the difference between the pink slime and potted meat?

Potted meat isn't mixed with raw real hamburger and marketed as raw real hamburger.

That's because it is real ground beef.  Of course the pink slime is the safest part of that burger since it's the only part that burger that has been sterilized during processing.


Don't you know that grinding meat slightly finer than hamburger is disgusting?
 
2014-07-30 10:35:48 PM  
Interestingly enough, pink slime is what I call my penis.
 
2014-07-30 10:35:58 PM  

Rosyna: I don't have a problem with this. The media they are suing said things about "pink slime" that the media knew to be false and that the media believed people would believe to be true. That passes the defamation test in the US.


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                                                                                     Show links plz.


Not trying to be douchey/confrontational just curious how the fark it is even possible to defame that stuff.
 
2014-07-30 10:37:07 PM  
I can't wait for that part of the trial where they spend a week or more of testimony about the technical, colloquial and social definitions of "pink" and "slime".
 
2014-07-30 10:38:38 PM  

machoprogrammer: They may have a case if they can prove calling it "pink slime" hurt their sales. Or if a journalist said it was unsafe to eat


It hurt sales enough that they closed one of their plants and eliminated those jobs...
 
2014-07-30 10:38:52 PM  
Have they never heard of the process of extrusion?  They could form that slime into any shape they want it to be.  Think Playdoh fun Factory.
 
2014-07-30 10:41:32 PM  
Three plants closed, actually. 650 jobs.
 
2014-07-30 10:41:50 PM  
ITT: Farkers don't understand the purposes of SLAP Suits.

In Farkerland, everyone has infinite money to fight corporate lawsuits, will be supported by their media companies, and Food Corps haven't been routinely fire suits they expect to lose for decades now to discourage such speech.
 
2014-07-30 10:42:25 PM  

odinsposse: jgk3: Vlad_the_Inaner: LazerFish: What exactly is the difference between the pink slime and potted meat?

Potted meat isn't mixed with raw real hamburger and marketed as raw real hamburger.

That's because it is real ground beef.  Of course the pink slime is the safest part of that burger since it's the only part that burger that has been sterilized during processing.

Don't you know that grinding meat slightly finer than hamburger is disgusting?


It's parts of the cow we can't remember having ever eaten before, so obviously it can't be good for us. It can't be just that it's hard to remove with automated machinery. It can't be that it's inefficient to spend time manually cutting it off. It has to be because it's bad.
 
2014-07-30 10:42:45 PM  
 
2014-07-30 10:44:49 PM  
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2014-07-30 10:46:19 PM  

machoprogrammer: They may have a case if they can prove calling it "pink slime" hurt their sales. Or if a journalist said it was unsafe to eat


Is lean finely textured beef not pink? Is it not slimy? Where is the actionable falsehood? And ABC insists that it explicitly described the product as safe to eat in its reports, a claim which could be trivially refuted by a single counterexample (if any existed).

The article isn't really adequate to judge the merits of BPI's claim, really. How, exactly, did the news articles "imply" that it was unsafe to eat? By giving it an unappetizing name?
 
2014-07-30 10:46:43 PM  

LazerFish: What exactly is the difference between the pink slime and potted meat?


Trust me when I say you do NOT want to try and heat that stuff up in a pan. It's ferocious.
 
2014-07-30 10:50:16 PM  

jgk3: Vlad_the_Inaner: LazerFish: What exactly is the difference between the pink slime and potted meat?

Potted meat isn't mixed with raw real hamburger and marketed as raw real hamburger.

That's because it is real ground beef.  Of course the pink slime is the safest part of that burger since it's the only part that burger that has been sterilized during processing.


Really, you can make that 'because' true when I said "marketed as raw real hamburger"?  Word choice doesn't matter to you? In the case of pink slime it basically has been chemically cooked. That's how it was 'sterilized'.  It is no longer raw.  Their product it technically partially cooked sausage.

Don't price it/market it as raw hamburger because it isn't real raw hamburger.  It's hamburger padded with sterilized waste.
 
2014-07-30 10:51:14 PM  

Mithiwithi: machoprogrammer: They may have a case if they can prove calling it "pink slime" hurt their sales. Or if a journalist said it was unsafe to eat

Is lean finely textured beef not pink? Is it not slimy? Where is the actionable falsehood? And ABC insists that it explicitly described the product as safe to eat in its reports, a claim which could be trivially refuted by a single counterexample (if any existed).

The article isn't really adequate to judge the merits of BPI's claim, really. How, exactly, did the news articles "imply" that it was unsafe to eat? By giving it an unappetizing name?


Well if they ever implied or said it was unsafe to eat, which is probably likely, they can sue.

Hell, "pink slime" is safer than regular ground beef because it's been sterilized.
 
2014-07-30 10:52:34 PM  
It's cheapskates throwing filler in to save a buck and charge full prices for less meat. And then they sue, as pointed out earlier, not b/c they think they can win, but b/c the threat of lawsuits is enough for low level, cash strapped newspapers/news programs to not take them to task for slipping cheap filler into expensive products and then not fessing up about it. I have a similar problem w/ bovine growth hormone. The actual milk that comes out of the cow is safe, no different than regular cows. But the reason they use so much hormone is b/c they get FDA subsidies for all the milk they produce, whether they can sell it or not (at the price floor, too). So they're stealing federal subsidy money, money we all pay. Oh, and while the milk is fine and safe, the actual cows get messed up pretty bad (painful bloating and extra risk for arthritis).
 
2014-07-30 10:53:31 PM  
One of the most common photos of "pink slime" posted on Facebook and Twitter was a photo from the back of a machine with the bright pink product, at about a 4" dia, coming out and into a white plastic pan. That particular image was not finely textured ground beef, but was in fact, mechanically separated chicken, which is a common ingredient in deli meats, and has been for over 30 years.

What this means is that the a-holes who propagated the pink slime outrage can't even tell the difference between beef and chicken, although once it's ground up it does become mystery meat.

My problem is with the do-gooders who manufacture outrage, both of these processes allow better extraction of valuable animal protein that would otherwise enter the waste stream, polluting waters and landfills. Because of the brief exposure to ammonia during the manufacturing process, the product is disease and germ-free, and there has never been a recorded outbreak attributed to these food ingredients.

My other problem is because of this outrage, the family that created and built this business of advanced meat recovery of finely-textured ground beef, that had eventually expanded to four locations, provided decent paying jobs to hundreds of workers and provided a valuable service to the meat-processing industry, had to eventually close all four locations, causing hundreds of families to lose their source of income. Thanks, Obama.

It has been said that if you like sausage and respect the law, you don't want to see either being made. You have just seen sausage being made.
 
2014-07-30 10:53:48 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Really, you can make that 'because' true when I said "marketed as raw real hamburger"?  Word choice doesn't matter to you? In the case of pink slime it basically has been chemically cooked. That's how it was 'sterilized'.  It is no longer raw.  Their product it technically partially cooked sausage.

Don't price it/market it as raw hamburger because it isn't real raw hamburger.  It's hamburger padded with sterilized waste.


You mint be onto something with the idea of "raw hamburger" being a misleading appellation, but you lost me when you called it "waste". Animal waste is specifically the inedible portions of the animal, and I've yet to see any evidence that pink slime is not fit to eat. If the news shows had actually called the stuff waste, BPI would have them dead to rights.
 
2014-07-30 10:55:17 PM  
This totally makes me trust in your company and find your product appetizing.
 
2014-07-30 10:58:13 PM  

revrendjim: It is not factual to suggest that this stuff is unsafe to eat. Unpleasant, yes, but there is nothing unsafe about it, and if a journalist said there is then they are guilty of libel.


I don't recall anyone saying it was unsafe, merely unpalatable
 
2014-07-30 10:59:04 PM  

Thanks for the Meme-ries: Allen262: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x521]

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Done in (Allen)262

/what i came here for


How the other 8 posters before me didn't post it I have no idea. Must be slacking or too drunk to post pics....
 
2014-07-30 10:59:09 PM  

Liam Burns: What this means is that the a-holes who propagated the pink slime outrage can't even tell the difference between beef and chicken, although once it's ground up it does become mystery meat.


That's pretty much my problem with the pink slime outrage. The difference between pink slime and sausage or ground beef is marginal at best. The people grossed out by one and not the others seem like they're either hypocrites or don't know how food gets made.
 
2014-07-30 10:59:30 PM  

machoprogrammer: Well if they ever implied or said it was unsafe to eat, which is probably likely, they can sue.

Hell, "pink slime" is safer than regular ground beef because it's been sterilized.


What makes you think it's likely? Do you remember any articles from the time that did so? Because I don't. Again, without reading the actual complaint, I have no idea what BPI's case is supposed to be.
 
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2014-07-30 10:59:33 PM  
It's easy to tell when you eat pink slime b/c the burger is cheap and tastes like sh*t.
 
2014-07-30 11:00:15 PM  
...use food coloring of some kind and dye it mauve...?
 
2014-07-30 11:01:57 PM  

odinsposse: That's pretty much my problem with the pink slime outrage. The difference between pink slime and sausage or ground beef is marginal at best. The people grossed out by one and not the others seem like they're either hypocrites or don't know how food gets made.


Most are probably of the latter variety
 
2014-07-30 11:02:26 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Yes, yes, suing the media always works in your favor.

You'd have been better to it was forgotten, another few weeks.


It worked for GM when it sued NBC over rigging fiery pickup truck crashes. It worked for Richard Jewell, the guy initially suspected of the Olympic Park bombing, when he sued NBC, the New York Post, and CNN for libel.
 
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