Summary: Yesterday, former GAP client Kit Foshee was named as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit filed by Beef Products, Inc (BPI). Also named as defendants were ABC News, journalists Diane Sawyer and Jim Avila, and others. BPI produces the controversial ammoniated beef product commonly known as 'pink slime' and characterizes ABC’s reports about it as defamation.
Key Quote: The Food Integrity Campaign, a whistleblower advocacy group that has worked with Foshee, said in a statement Thursday that Foshee was fired from BPI because he refused to participate in the company’s “misrepresentation of the product’s safety to the USDA and to consumers.”
“Thanks to ABC News, Kit Foshee and other whistleblowers shared their concerns about BPI,” said Amanda Hitt, the group’s director and former counsel to Foshee after he was fired. “Doing so took enormous courage for which they should be honored, not attacked. We believe that this product is questionable.”
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Hannah Johnson is Communications Associate for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.