An unappetizing ingredient with an equally unappetizing nickname, “pink slime” has put ABC News in hot water this week as a South Dakota judge has ordered the network to head to trial over a hefty libel suit that could potentially cost the broadcaster nearly $6 billion. The meaty drama began in 2012, when the network ran a multi-part exposé on what it called “pink slime,” which, at the time, could allegedly be found in 70 percent of supermarket ground beef. As ABC reported, the controversial ingredient is a cheap filler known as “lean finely textured beef” in the industry, and is comprised of beef waste trimmings that have been sprayed with ammonia to kill off bacteria. Beef producers were not[…]