US meat worker sues UK celebrity chef

By Ed Bedington

- Last updated on GMT

UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is facing a legal challenge from a US meat worker, who blames the campaigning cook for the loss of his job.

The BBC reports that Bruce Smith, who worked for Beef Products Inc, is suing Oliver, food blogger Bettina Siegel and ABC News, over their use of the term "pink slime" to describe his company’s lean finely textured beef product.

The term was coined by Oliver and caused controversy, raising public concerns over the product, despite the fact federal regulators said it met food safety standards. Beef Products Inc subsequently closed three plants.

Smith, 58, is now suing for US$70,000 in damages, claiming the company and its workers were "maligned" by the "pink slime" phrase.

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