From the New York Times: “Of all the gross-out stories about food that have broken the Internet in recent years — maggots in mushrooms, ‘wood chips‘ in shredded cheese, bug bits in chocolate bars — nothing has captured the public imagination more than ‘pink slime.'”
Well, yeah. Just the name … But this is another instance of “she who defines the terms of the debate, wins.”
Apparently the stuff, formally known as “lean, finely-textured beef,” not only is not bad for you, it’s safe to eat, according to Scientific American, and healthier than the real hamburger its mixed with. Leaner, cleaner, and with less micro-organisms.
But because the 2012 outcry was successful in dramatically reducing consumer demand for the product, hurting its developer, now ABC News faces a multi-billion defamation dollar lawsuit. The jury trial, in South Dakota state court, commences this week, and is expected to last eight weeks.