Major popcorn manufacturers who use Diacetyl in their popcorn have started removing the “buttery smalling” chemical from their products. This comes more than a year (and consumption of more than 750 million pounds of popcorn) after the EPA produced a study warning Diacetyl poses potential health hazards. Diacetyl was identified at the CDC in 2002 as the cause of a debilitating and sometimes fatal lung disease among workers in the plants where it is produced.
Bronchiolitis Obliterans or “popcorn lung” is the disease caused by Diacetyl which is used to make popcorn smell “buttery.”
Since Arpil 2006 when the EPA completed their study of the air released from bags of microwave popcorn, there has been at least one report of “significant lung disease whose clinical findings are similar to those described in affected workers.”
If you believe you may have been adversely affected by Diacetyl, contact a product liability attorney as you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
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