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Diacetyl in Microwave Popcorn Discovered Years Ago - Dangers not Publicized

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 9th, 2009


Major popcorn manufacturers who use Diacetyl in their popcorn have begun removing the dangerous chemical from their products. This comes more than a year after the EPA produced a study warning of potential health hazards from Diacetyl. Diacetyl was identified at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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."

In April 2006, the EPA completed an analysis of air released from bags of microwave popcorn. Studies claim that Americans have consumed more than 750 million pounds of home-popped popcorn since the report was given to popcorn producers.

Since then 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, seek medical attention and contact a dangerous chemical attorney immediately as you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.