Two men named in US$1B defamation lawsuit over 'pink slime' meat product granted 30-day extension until Nov. 19 to respond to lawsuit

LOS ANGELES , October 18, 2012 () – Two men named in a US$1 billion defamation lawsuit over the "pink slime" meat product have been granted a 30-day extension to respond to the lawsuit, the Associated Press reported Oct. 18.

Carl Custer, a former federal food scientist, and Gerald Zirnstein, the USDA microbiologist who named the product "pink slime," must now respond to the suit by Beef Products Inc. (BPI) by Nov. 19.

BPI sued the two men as well as ABC News for $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 statements about the product that aired on ABC News.

The primary source of this article is the Associated Press, New York, New York, on Oct. 18, 2012.

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