Diacetyl, a chemical used in microwave popcorn butter flavoring, is directly responsible for a nationwide outbreak of a rare respiratory disease impacting the microwave popcorn industry.
Formally known as bronchiolitis obliterans, the disease is more commonly referred to as popcorn lung or popcorn workerâs lung. Workers who routinely breathe vapors from butter flavoring before adding it to microwave popcorn have developed shortness of breath, hardening of the lung tissue and other alarming respiratory issues. Avid consumers of popcorn may also be at risk. The damage cannot be reversed and the most serious cases of popcorn lung are life-threatening.
Severe symptoms can occur suddenly but this illness is frequently misdiagnosed as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema. Symptoms to watch for include shortness of breath, weight loss, night sweats and fever.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
The Pintas Law Firm is currently investigating cases for microwave popcorn plant victims nationwide. If you work in a microwave popcorn plant and have experienced respiratory problems or other health-related issues, contact us immediately for a free consultation and evaluation of your legal rights.