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Diacetyl, The Flavoring Used In Microwave Popcorn, Is Listed As Toxic

Diacetyl is an artificial flavoring that adds the flavor of butter, cream or creaminess, and butterscotch to prepared and packaged foods. The Occupational and Health Safety Administration (OSHA) has listed Diacetyl, or artificial butter flavoring, as an irritant to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. In addition, OSHA has indicated that Diacetyl is suspected of causing cumulative lung damage. The symptoms, according to OSHA, include:

  • Eye, mucous membrane, respiratory system, skin irritation
  • Persistent cough, phlegm production, wheezing, dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Episodes of mild fever or generalized aches
  • Severe skin rashes

Tests conducted by OSHA find increased levels of Diacetyl in popcorn plants with workers suffering from popcorn lung disease

OSHA has collected samples of air in microwave popcorn plants around the United States, and has issued some recommendations for protecting workers from the consequences of Diacetyl exposure, determining that the compound has toxic effects. To learn more about OSHA, NIOSH, and popcorn lung disease, contact [Link to Contact Us] us at Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C.

Staying current with Diacetyl research

At Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., our lawyers stay current with the latest research and findings from OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). As leaders in popcorn lung disease litigation, we understand the importance staying aware of all current research and information related to Diacetyl and other artificial flavoring. Because of our knowledge and experience, we have been able to obtain significant rulings and verdicts for our clients afflicted by popcorn lung disease.

If you have questions about Diacetyl, popcorn lung disease, or any occupational illness, contact a lawyer at Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case. We have the track record, knowledge, and commitment to help you get the information you need and the compensation you deserve.

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