Thousands of e-mails sent internally within the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service show that employees had widely differing opinions about the safety of lean finely textured beef, which was called "pink slime" by the news media. The e-mails showed that some FSIS officials had never heard of the product. Others shared mistrust of LFTB they had harbored for a long time, and still others contended that national news reporting of the subject was sensationalized. E-mails show that the agency tried to convey the message that LFTB was safe without endorsing it.

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