Democrats who anguished over dangerous popcorn butter flavoring are doing little now that they have the power.

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The chemical in butter flavoring for popcorn and other foods that has sickened hundreds of workers, killed a handful and destroyed the lungs of at least three microwave popcorn addicts may be back. In fact, it appears it never went … Continue reading

New DOL boss may really care about workers exposed to lung destroying diacetyl on the job. About time someone in Washington did something.

Yesterday, the newly appointed Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, ordered the agency’s first definitive steps to prevent workers’ exposure to food flavorings chemicals containing diacetyl. It was Dec. 21, 2007 when I wrote about a study commissioned by my now … Continue reading

Popcorn flavoring victims dies as jury awards $7.5 million, but government does little to prevent future diacetyl exposure

Ronald Kuiper died last week, just one day before a jury decided that a maker of chemical butter flavoring owed him $7.5 million for destruction of his lungs. Kuiper was 64 when I interviewed him five years ago, just before … Continue reading

Spreading the word of diacetyl danger

As awareness of the health hazard from exposure to lung-destroying diacetyl spreads, government and food service industry safety officials worry over how to identify the presence of the controversial butter flavoring in cooking products. Most labels on oils, butters, margarines and cooking sprays only mention “natural and artificial flavorings.”

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Chefs urge diacetyl investigation

The nation’s largest organization for professional chefs today called for increased government investigations into the cause-and-effect relationship between the chemical butter flavoring diacetyl and the sometimes fatal lung disease that has destroyed the lungs of hundreds of workers in flavoring and popcorn plants.

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