Diacetyl Exposure From Popcorn Butter Flavoring Can Cause Devastating Injury Known as “Popcorn Lung.”

Popcorn ImageThe injury attorneys at DeBlasio & Gower are investigating devastating diacetyl exposure cases causing an injury known as bronchiolitis obliterans, sometimes called “popcorn lung.”  Bronchiolitis obliterans is an inflammatory obstruction of the lung’s tiniest airways, called bronchioles.  The bronchioles can become damaged and inflamed by chemical particles.

Based upon our research, workers in manufacturing plants where butter flavoring is made, mixed, processed or packaged – most often associated with microwave popcorn – can be severely injured by breathing in the fumes of this chemical. Exposure can happen in other circumstances too.  Oftentimes, it can be misdiagnosed as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, emphysema or pneumonia.  Diacetyl is also known as butanedione or 2,3-butanedione, and packaging might show its molecular formula C4H6O2.    Diacytl is also used in many other snack foods, pet foods, candies, baked goods, and other food products.

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