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Applications for worker aid fund in BPI 'pink slime' case due Saturday

In September,{ }BPI set up a $10 million fund for employees who lost their jobs when the company closed three plants in 2012 over reports of a beef product critics dubbed "pink slime." Applications to receive some of those funds are due Saturday, Nov. 18. (File photo)

DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. (AP) -- An aid fund application deadline is looming for workers laid off by South Dakota meat producer Beef Products Inc.

The Dakota Dunes-based company in September set up a $10 million fund for employees who lost their jobs when the company closed three plants in 2012 over reports of a beef product critics dubbed "pink slime."

The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports applications for the BPI Family Support Fund are due Saturday. More than 600 people have already applied.

The company laid off about 750 workers and closed plants in Texas, Kansas and Iowa in 2012, saying ABC's coverage of the producer's lean, finely textured beef product misled consumers into believing the product is unsafe. ABC stood by its reporting.

The BPI plant in Amarillo was one of those three plants that was closed, affecting 200 local families.

BPI sued ABC for defamation. Terms of a June settlement are confidential.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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