Anyone who has ever heated up a bag of popcorn is already very familiar with the compound known as Diacetyl. Diacetyl is used as a flavoring in food products in order to provide a buttery taste. During the production of foods that use Diacetyl, the compound may be released into the air and then inhaled by workers. Chronic and prolonged exposure to Diacetyl has been linked to the severe lung disease Constrictive Bronchiolitis, otherwise popularly known as “popcorn lung.”
According to the Department of Health and Human Services centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Constrictive Bronchiolitis occurs when “the smallest airways carrying air through the lungs, the bronchioles, are scarred and constricted. This can decrease or block air movement through these airways.” People who suffer from this disease have trouble breathing, and may require lifelong care and monitoring.
People who are only in contact with Diacetyl on a limited basis are at a low risk for developing a Diacetyl related illness. Those who have become ill have histories of prolonged exposure to Diacetyl, usually in a workplace environment. If you work in an environment that uses Diacetyl as a food additive, precaution should be taken to make sure the compound is not inhaled. Employers who use Diacetyl have been sent warnings from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health regarding the potential dangers of using the compound.
If you or a loved one has experienced any health problems after coming in contact with Diacetyl including developing Constrictive Bronchiolitis, you should seek immediate medical counsel to discuss this emerging information on Diacetyl. You also have legal rights and should contact a qualified Diacetyl lawyer, as provided on this site, to discuss your litigation options. As all claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay. Please call today to arrange for an initial consultation.
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