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BPI sues ABC News for 'pink slime' defamation.
Fox News Co ^ | Published September 14, 2012 | Associated Press

Posted on 09/14/2012 3:56:14 AM PDT by carriage_hill

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. – Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe.

The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 "false and misleading and defamatory" statements about the product officially known as lean, finely textured beef, said Dan Webb, BPI's Chicago-based attorney.

The lawsuit filed in a South Dakota state court also names several individuals as defendants, including ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer and the Department of Agriculture microbiologist who coined the term "pink slime."

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Iowa; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: abcnews; defamation; enemedia; lftb; meat; pinkslime; slander; slime
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This has the potential to be a real 'catfight'. ABCNews 'slimed' BPI so bad publicly, it even merited a new Wikipedia (2012) entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_slime

Was there ever any direct or indirect public harm proven by the corrupt, criminal ABCNews and the left-wing Diane Sawyer idiot?

Popcorn?

1 posted on 09/14/2012 3:56:21 AM PDT by carriage_hill
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To: carriage_hill

Remember the Alar “Scare.” Wasn’t that Sawyer, also?


2 posted on 09/14/2012 3:58:33 AM PDT by mfish13 (ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!!)
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To: carriage_hill

GOOD


3 posted on 09/14/2012 4:02:20 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: carriage_hill

This is the third article I’ve seen excerpted on this lawsuit and I have yet to read just what assertions of ABC the plaintiff is claiming were false and defamatory.


4 posted on 09/14/2012 4:03:35 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: mfish13

Feb 1989 “60 Minutes”, according to this article:

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_20050.cfm

And then Meryl Streep jumped into it, causing a nationwide hubbub-a-loo.


5 posted on 09/14/2012 4:04:34 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: carriage_hill
The real story is pink slime is "dogfood" and is what was being fed to our children via government food programs.

We also found out that our big local market had pink slime in their handburg.....and I believe they still do.

I now pick out a cheap cut of beef and have them grind it.

6 posted on 09/14/2012 4:08:41 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: carriage_hill

Good!

ABC would never touch what is in a hot dog.

The Joke is do you know why the USDA will not allow vegetables to be in a hot dog?

Because vegetables don’t have lips or butt holes.


7 posted on 09/14/2012 4:09:44 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: Sacajaweau

What nonsense and ignorance. “Pink Slime” is very lean been which is processed in a very clean environment because the lack of fat can generate more bacteria.

It is cleaner and leaner than what you are eating.


8 posted on 09/14/2012 4:14:08 AM PDT by LadyEleanor
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To: hadaclueonce

More urban legends.


9 posted on 09/14/2012 4:14:50 AM PDT by LadyEleanor
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To: Sacajaweau

The filler is not dog food and while the price of beef is skyrocketting we have ABC to thank.

I grew up eating head cheese.


10 posted on 09/14/2012 4:15:24 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: carriage_hill
"Diane Sawyer idiot?"

True that:

 "You know, I wanted to sit on a jury once and I was taken off the jury.
  And the judge said to me, 'Can, you know, can you tell the truth and be
  fair?' And I said, 'That's what journalists do.' And everybody in the
  courtroom laughed. It was the most hurtful moment I think I've ever had."

         - Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, 7/12/07

Those who cannot or refuse to learn are "stupid"!
11 posted on 09/14/2012 4:16:57 AM PDT by Peet (Everything has an end -- only the sausage has two.)
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To: Sacajaweau

I also have mine ground fresh at the butcher. He’s happy to do it.


12 posted on 09/14/2012 4:16:59 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: hadaclueonce

LOL! (Yuk)


13 posted on 09/14/2012 4:18:03 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: carriage_hill

I would have figured that getting in the ring and losing against Oprah back in the 90s would have made the beef industry swear off of filing suits. Now we have to put up with Dr. Phil since his career was launched then with Oprah using his counseling services during the trial.


14 posted on 09/14/2012 4:19:11 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: LadyEleanor

http://www.disabled-world.com/fitness/nutrition/pink-slime.php


15 posted on 09/14/2012 4:19:45 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: hadaclueonce

You don’t want to see what goes into making sausages or laws.


16 posted on 09/14/2012 4:22:02 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is neo-lysenkoism.)
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To: Peet

Diane Sawyer = “journalist” = laugh-a-minute-stupid-lefty-moron.


17 posted on 09/14/2012 4:22:49 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: carriage_hill
lean, finely textured beef

Mmmmmmm....

If ABCNews made untrue claims about it's nutritional value, it's liable.

If ABC News simply pointed out that it's gross, it committed no crime. It is gross - but when you buy chicken McNuggets, you're buying gross on purpose.

18 posted on 09/14/2012 4:33:00 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

Hot Dogs and Bologna too.

Ever see Scrapple? Yum!


19 posted on 09/14/2012 4:36:58 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Sacajaweau

LOL!!! That article is a laugh a minute!

I’m sure those are the same people that are flipping out about Arsenic in water too!

Look, I thought as you do until the “Pink Slime” scare came to FR. A butcher weighed in and said that this has been done FOREVER in the meat industry. There is still good meat left on a carcass after the steaks, chops and loins are removed. Pieces that are way too small to sell outright. Even too small or thin to become good looking burger.

Guess what it becomes?


20 posted on 09/14/2012 4:43:26 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Sacajaweau
"The real story is pink slime is "dogfood" and is what was being fed to our children via government food programs.

We also found out that our big local market had pink slime in their handburg.....and I believe they still do.

I now pick out a cheap cut of beef and have them grind it."

Well, well...aren't 'we' just the most perfect little shopper now!?!

21 posted on 09/14/2012 4:43:56 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: carriage_hill

hey BPI, nobody wants to eat your pink slime that you scraped off the floor and off the machinery after you made the ground beef. Get it? You never should have been foisting it off on human consumers in the first place


22 posted on 09/14/2012 4:49:04 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: harpu

Go gettum BPI. I hope you are successful in the lawsuit and they “offenders” have to pay BIG TIME.


23 posted on 09/14/2012 4:49:13 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Peet

That’s a fantastic quote


24 posted on 09/14/2012 4:52:24 AM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Sacajaweau

“The real story is pink slime is “dogfood” and is what was being fed to our children via government food programs.”

You don’t know what you’re talking about and that’s a fact.


25 posted on 09/14/2012 4:57:28 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: yldstrk

Speak for yourself.

With the price of beef going so high that all we can afford is hamburger, I want the high quality filler that is actually meat rather than a ton of fat that cooks away.


26 posted on 09/14/2012 5:01:27 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Sacajaweau
I now pick out a cheap cut of beef and have them grind it.

I bought the meat grinder attachment for the wife's kitchenaide stand mixer...mostly for deer meat.
But it works great for all meat.

27 posted on 09/14/2012 5:02:29 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: carriage_hill
Not for nothing...but I want BEEF in my BEEF, when I think I am buying BEEF. Knives and saws should be the only processing....

I dont mind the possibility of using it...but LABEL IT.

Pink slime refers to mechanically separated and disinfected beef products known in the meat industry as lean finely textured beef (LFTB)[2] and boneless lean beef trimmings (BLBT).[3] It is a processed beef product that was originally used in pet food and cooking oil.[8] In 2004 in the United States the product was approved for limited human consumption and began to be used as a food additive to ground beef and beef-based processed meats as a filler at a ratio of no more than 15 percent of any product. The production process uses heat in centrifuges to separate the fat from the meat in beef trimmings.[9] The resulting product is exposed to ammonia gas or citric acid to kill bacteria.[9][10] The product is sold in the U.S. to food companies which use it as a filler product in ground beef production. It was reported in March 2012 that approximately 70 percent of ground beef sold in U.S. supermarkets contained the additive at that time. In March 2012, ABC News ran a series of news reports about the product, which generated significant controversy and led to increased consumer concerns. Following the controversy, some companies and organizations discontinued the provision of ground beef with the additive, while others continued to provide beef with the filler.

28 posted on 09/14/2012 5:09:07 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: harpu

>>Well, well...aren’t ‘we’ just the most perfect little shopper now!?! <<

LOL!!!

More power to everyone that can afford it.

I’m luck I can afford the roll of beef. Lots of bread crumbs, some egg and voila, meatloaf.
I like lots of “lean, finely textured beef” in there. It’s cheap and flavorful. In fact, we drive out to see my MIL in a Care Facility once a month. We hit McDonalds last weekend and I had a Swiss, Mushroom Burger wrap. It was dull as the day is long and rather dry. I had just had one for my birthday before this myth hit the news. They HAD been yummy.


29 posted on 09/14/2012 5:11:12 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: All

NEVER buy “ground beef”! You don’t really know what it is.

Make your own

First of all, commercial ground beef is all too prone to contamination as it is a mixture, not a solid chunk of meat with a discernible outer surface that can be seared, washed or otherwise disinfected with vinegar or lemon juice.

The interior portion of the cut would be the least subject to attack from bacteria or other airborne pathogens.

Just get a cheap food processor from Wallyworld and using the big blade, zip out fresh ground beef in seconds. (after you’ve satisfied yourself that the exterior of the cut has been properly treated.)

Most importantly....NO PINK SLIME!


30 posted on 09/14/2012 5:22:25 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Vaquero
We did that when I was a kid with ye olde hand grinder you see at garage sales...But the supermarket does it for free...

Of course, we also chucked the furnace in the morning, hung our clothes on the line and walked a mile to the public market.......Boy am I old.

AND WE HAD NO TV until I was 8. Holy cr**!

31 posted on 09/14/2012 5:24:52 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Just a note to those that “think” they are somehow doing something healthier by having their local supermarket butcher grind the meat.

Ever seen some of the folks clean up late at night? Surfaces, grinders, and all other accoutrements of meat butchering NEED to be cleaned with steaming hot water at a MINIMUM.

Check it out some night when they close up, I see common hoses just spraying water, no steam visible - which would indicate fairly mild water temps. I am not talking about some low quality places either. I have locally three of big trendy upscale grocery stores and almost without fail the cleaning is the same.

Grovery stores can be a cesspool of bacteria.


32 posted on 09/14/2012 5:28:18 AM PDT by Grubwart
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To: netmilsmom

I would rather eat beans and rice than trash


33 posted on 09/14/2012 5:30:59 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Vaquero

No grinders?

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=11b_1254378345


34 posted on 09/14/2012 5:31:15 AM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: circlecity; P-Marlowe; blue-duncan; wmfights; Forest Keeper
what assertions....defamatory

I think the fact that it ABC changes the picture. BPI would not want to reveal their legal strategy.

My guess is that they will move it out of the realm of faulty reporting and into the realm of one business defaming a competing business.

The connection is this: ABC is part of the Disney Conglomerate. Disney Foods is a part of Disney. Disney Foods is a huge food delivery service. MacDonalds has entered into contractual relationship with Disney Foods, not just to market Disney characters in Happy Meals but also for sale of food at Disney locations. MacDonalds dropped BPI as a result of ABC's reporting.

Because there is a Disney Foods and a Disney Board of Directors, one could also imagine one or more sitting directors involved in the food service industry, given that these high power-levels include many who have ties to other companies and sit on various boards.

Business defamation becomes different that "media mal-reporting" if I recall correctly things I've read in the past. If BPI has found a smoking gun tie between Disney Food, MacDonalds, and BPI, then that would be the motive for the "defamation" that would be legally actionable in my mind.

35 posted on 09/14/2012 5:42:30 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: yldstrk

Good grief. This story is all hype and hysteria. They have been using this product for decades.

It’s often referred to as “Baader” meat and it’s lean meat that was left on the bone (what couldn’t be taken off with a boning knife.

It’s 100% wholesome and actually helps the texture and consistency of ground beef when added in the proper ratio.

BTW I’ve been in the meat business for over 30 years so, unlike a few on this thread,I know what I’m talking about.


36 posted on 09/14/2012 5:42:50 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: traderrob6

“they’ve been using this “product” for decades”

In other words, meat companies have been fooling people for decades, why stop now, eh?


37 posted on 09/14/2012 5:45:34 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: T-Bird45

“...losing against Oprah back in the 90s...”

I honestly don’t remember that; what happened?


38 posted on 09/14/2012 5:47:00 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: TSgt

I’m sorry....I know this is a real video...but it is NOT how you get your hamburger.

I would like to know what they are doing in this video, but guts, bones and all would immediately turn into a bacterialological stew that ones taste buds would tell one it was inedible....


39 posted on 09/14/2012 5:48:58 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: xzins

Regardless, a defamation claim requires a false statment of fact made knowing it to be false or with reckless disregard of its truth of falsity which caused damages to the plaintiff. I still have not heard what the alleged false statement of fact is. (and I’m to lazy to dig up the 200+ page complaint and read it.)


40 posted on 09/14/2012 5:49:47 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: dead

This’d be a great jury trial, on that issue alone, but I’m thinking it’ll get settled out of court, somehow. Heck, it might not even get into court. I don’t know enough about slander/libel laws to even speculate.

I’ve got the popcorn ready, though, in any case:

http://store.baconsalt.com/BaconPOP-microwave-popcorn-1-box-of-3-bags_p_65.html


41 posted on 09/14/2012 5:51:17 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: netmilsmom

I love fried scrapple, w/ butter and syrup. It’s a staple here in PA Dutch Country.


42 posted on 09/14/2012 5:52:37 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: netmilsmom

You know, McD’s had a burger I loved that disappeared off of the menu recently. Wonder if it was a victim of this BS.

Looked it up: Big ‘N’ Tasty.


43 posted on 09/14/2012 5:53:44 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: yldstrk

Ever seen a McCormick Spices factory floor? The use Bobcats to scrape-up the dust and dump it back into the hoppers to fill spice containers for retail sale. Yuk.


44 posted on 09/14/2012 5:55:20 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“You don’t want to see what goes into making sausages or laws”

I have seen the Laws that are written by McCain, Reid and Pelosi.

Law is for sell to the highest bidder. Give em enough money, and they are for it. Period. End of statement.
I swear to God they would sell their very souls to the devil to get re elected.

Oh they already have.


45 posted on 09/14/2012 5:55:38 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: yldstrk

Fooling people how?

The product is 95% lean,nutritious and healthy. There have never been any claims by beef suppliers that cannot be borne out by the facts.

The media has played on certain peoples ignorance and hyper sensitivity to make an issue out of a non-issue.


46 posted on 09/14/2012 5:56:17 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: yldstrk
People have been happy and satisfied eating it for decades, so why let the intentional fear-mongering of misleading journalism majors (who are only seeking ratings) change the way we eat and enjoy our daily meals?

If you're stupid enough to fall or it, that's your concern. But when enough idiots start braying about what should and should not be available for purchase, then it affects my freedom and liberty. That's unacceptable... or at least it used to be. Sadly, far too many fools have allowed the Left to "encourage" us to deny ourselves ever more freedoms on a nearly constant basis.

47 posted on 09/14/2012 5:57:49 AM PDT by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: traderrob6

The facts, they burn!


48 posted on 09/14/2012 5:58:11 AM PDT by DaveInDallas
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To: yldstrk

That’s the problem, the MSM told you it was trash and you believed them.

As I stated above, a FReeper butcher came in right after the story broke ans set all of us straight. The lean beef is what is left on the carcass after the loin, steaks and roasts are cut off. It’s too small to grind into meat but is still good.
They have been doing this for YEARS and no one is any worse for eating it.

Oh, and avoid hot dogs, bologna, peperoni and salami. In fact, any sausage. All contain this kind of meat.


49 posted on 09/14/2012 5:59:49 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: netmilsmom
They have been doing this for YEARS and no one is any worse for eating it.

Ground beef is raw...people have died from burger related food poisoning.

avoid hot dogs, bologna, peperoni and salami. In fact, any sausage. All contain this kind of meat.

These are generally cooked and chock full of preservatives.

50 posted on 09/14/2012 6:05:14 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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