(Image source: Grist.org)

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE

 

A former worker at a South Dakota beef processing company is suing ABC News, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and a food blogger for using the term “pink slime.” Here’s WDAF.

 

“Bruce Smith was one of about 750 people who lost their jobs at Beef Products Inc. after the company took a financial hit following social media and news reports about the product.”

 

If the term “pink slime” sounds familiar, that’s because it was the reason for a BPI lawsuit seeking $1.2 billion from ABC News over defamation earlier this year. That lawsuit is still pending.

 

The case opened after ABC News covered the company’s beef product and dubbed it “pink slime,” ultimately resulting in a consumer backlash and three of the company’s four plants closing.

 

The BBC reports Smith’s lawsuit claims chef Jamie Oliver used his TV show and social media to target BPI in an effort to put pressure on American fast food companies and Oliver, plus food blogger Bettina Siegel and ABC News accused his former employer of “...producing a food product that did not exist.”

 

Smith was the senior counsel and director of Environmental, Health and Safety at BPI. He said the consequences they faced because of the media’s coverage were truly unfair.

 

“I'm in it because of the truth or what was lacking in this particular instance. I think it's only right that the people primarily responsible for this wrong be held accountable.”

(WOI-TV)

Oliver and ABC News have not released any comments, but blogger Siegel did what bloggers do best and created a post dedicated to the lawsuit and not very sympathetic to Smith’s claimed injustice.

 

“I’m confident the First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans, including bloggers like myself, against meritless attempts at censorship like this one. I will vigorously defend my right, and the rights of all of us, to speak out on matters of public importance.”

 

Smith is reportedly seeking $70,000 in damages.

 

'Pink Slime' Lawsuit Filed Against ABC, Jamie Oliver

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Dec 13, 2012

'Pink Slime' Lawsuit Filed Against ABC, Jamie Oliver

 


(Image source: Grist.org)

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE

 

A former worker at a South Dakota beef processing company is suing ABC News, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and a food blogger for using the term “pink slime.” Here’s WDAF.

 

“Bruce Smith was one of about 750 people who lost their jobs at Beef Products Inc. after the company took a financial hit following social media and news reports about the product.”

 

If the term “pink slime” sounds familiar, that’s because it was the reason for a BPI lawsuit seeking $1.2 billion from ABC News over defamation earlier this year. That lawsuit is still pending.

 

The case opened after ABC News covered the company’s beef product and dubbed it “pink slime,” ultimately resulting in a consumer backlash and three of the company’s four plants closing.

 

The BBC reports Smith’s lawsuit claims chef Jamie Oliver used his TV show and social media to target BPI in an effort to put pressure on American fast food companies and Oliver, plus food blogger Bettina Siegel and ABC News accused his former employer of “...producing a food product that did not exist.”

 

Smith was the senior counsel and director of Environmental, Health and Safety at BPI. He said the consequences they faced because of the media’s coverage were truly unfair.

 

“I'm in it because of the truth or what was lacking in this particular instance. I think it's only right that the people primarily responsible for this wrong be held accountable.”

(WOI-TV)

Oliver and ABC News have not released any comments, but blogger Siegel did what bloggers do best and created a post dedicated to the lawsuit and not very sympathetic to Smith’s claimed injustice.

 

“I’m confident the First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans, including bloggers like myself, against meritless attempts at censorship like this one. I will vigorously defend my right, and the rights of all of us, to speak out on matters of public importance.”

 

Smith is reportedly seeking $70,000 in damages.

 

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