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FILE - This March 29, 2012, file photo, shows the beef product that critics call "pink slime" during a plant tour of Beef Products Inc. in South Sioux City, Neb. Jury selection is set to start Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in a defamation case over ABC news reports on a South Dakota meat producer's lean, finely textured beef product, which critics dubbed "pink slime." Dakota Dunes-based Beef Products Inc. sued the TV network in 2012. It says ABC misled consumers into believing the product is unsafe, leading to layoffs and plant closures. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

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Boneless lean beef trimmings, used as ground-beef filler but known as "pink slime" to critics, awaits packaging at Beef Products Inc. The product is made from fatty leftover meat bits heated to about 100 F, spun to remove fat, compressed and exposed to a small amount of ammonium hydroxide gas to kill bacteria. (Associated Press)