Despite losing, ABC network stands by its 'pink slime' story

Source: MGN Online

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - There's a settlement in the defamation lawsuit over a television report on "pink slime.

Beef Products Inc. says the settlement reached with ABC News in a $1.9 billion defamation lawsuit over the network's reports on its lean, finely textured beef product provides a strong foundation on which to grow the business.

The terms of the settlement announced Wednesday are confidential. BPI and its family owners say that the lawsuit was difficult, but necessary to start rectifying the harm suffered as a result of ABC's reports on their product, which critics dubbed "pink slime."

Dakota Dunes-based Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012, saying ABC's coverage misled consumers into believing the product is unsafe and led to the closure of three plants and layoffs of roughly 700 workers.

ABC spokeswoman Julie Townsend says the network throughout the case has maintained its reports accurately presented the facts and views of knowledgeable people about the product.

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