lean finely textured beef

Back in December I told you that Bruce Smith, a former environmental health and safety officer at Beef Products Inc., filed a pro se lawsuit in Nebraska state court against me, ABC News, Jim Avila, Diane Sawyer and Jamie Oliver.   In his complaint, Mr. Smith claimed to have suffered the negligent infliction of emotional distress due to the […]


The New York Daily News reported over the weekend on a lawsuit which alleges that the death of a 62-year-old Minnesota man was caused by the consumption of lean, finely textured beef (aka “LFTB,” and more commonly known as “pink slime”) tainted with E coli.  The lawsuit was filed on January 8th by Marler Clark, one of […]


Beef Products Inc., maker of lean, finely textured beef (aka LFTB and commonly referred to as “pink slime”) has announced this morning that it is filing a state court defamation lawsuit against ABC News arising out of the network’s coverage of the product this past spring.   The suit seeks $1.2 billion dollars in actual […]


School Districts Just Say No to LFTB

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 5, 2012

For much of March and April, The Lunch Tray was dominated by the issue of “lean finely textured beef,” i.e., a beef filler made from heated and ammoniated slaughterhouse scraps and popularly referred to as “pink slime.” As you know, on March 6th I launched a Change.org petition here on the blog which asked USDA […]


4/4: Latest LFTB Link Round-Up

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 4, 2012

LFTB posts worth reading from the last few days: A beef processor which makes LFTB files for bankruptcy.  Food Safety News has more. ABC’s Jim Avila and Appetite for Profit‘s Michele Simon go right after BPI’s safety claims. Iowa governor Terry Branstad, who has called for a Congressional probe of the “smear campaign” against LFTB, sends a letter to fellow governors seeking support […]


Over the last few weeks, a pro-LFTB commenter named Tiffany has left numerous wall posts on TLT’s Facebook page and when I finally wrote my belated response to her this morning, it seemed worth posting here since many pro-LFTB commenters on this blog have raised similar concerns.  For those who wish to see the exchange referenced […]


A Message – and a Warning — to Commenters

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 3, 2012

Despite the fact that this is a personal blog and I have absolutely no obligation to provide readers with a forum for free expression, my approach from Day One has been to welcome dissent here so long as it is civilly expressed.  And in almost two years of blogging I have had to censor, at […]


Readers who’ve long been following the beef industry’s response to the controversy surrounding lean finely textured beef (LFTB, commonly known as “pink slime”) will remember the first website and Twitter hash tag marshaled in defense of the product: “pinkslimeisamyth.” But within a few days someone on the BPI crisis response team apparently decided to ditch that […]


Meatingplace.com, a meat industry online publication, reports today that USDA has received and approved voluntary requests from meat purveyors to disclose on product packaging the inclusion of lean, finely textured beef.  Meatingplace.com is a members-only site but the relevant excerpt of the post reads as follows: USDA has agreed to approve requests by ground beef product […]


Bill Marler, one of the nation’s leading food safety lawyers, has publicly praised Beef Products Inc. (manufacturer of lean, finely textured beef, commonly known as “pink slime”) for leading the industry with its advanced E. coli testing.  (As have I, by the way.) But even without taking issue with the product per se, Marler rightly […]