US processor launches lawsuit over "pink slime" coverage

By Carina Perkins

- Last updated on GMT

The company at the centre of the US “pink slime” scandal has filed a lawsuit against ABC news for alleged defamation.

Beef Products Inc said that ABC News made a “conscious decision to conduct a month long misinformation campaign”​, alleging that the broadcaster made 200 false and defamatory statements in 24 broadcast and online stories in its coverage of the controversy in March.

It has asked for $1.2 billion in actual and statutory damages, claiming that its sales declined by 80% as a result of the coverage, with losses of $400 million.

ABC News has vowed to contest the case “vigorously”.

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