DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. — In an illustration of how online social media tools can suddenly mobilize consumers and amplify backlash, Beef Products Inc., manufacturer of the filler ingredient that critics have labeled “pink slime,” this week was forced to suspend operations at three of its four plants, as major supermarket chains sought to distance their brands from the ingredient. During the second week of March, former U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist Gerald ...

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