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- Did/Do you work in food manufacturing, flavoring, fragrances?
- Did you then develop a lung disease?
For more than 10 years, the flavoring chemical diacetyl has been the subject of a growing number of national diacetyl lawsuits arising from the 2000 discovery of respiratory disease in nine workers at a Missouri microwave popcorn processing plant. Dubbed “popcorn lung,” this respiratory disease arising from diacetyl exposure caused workers to exhibit chest symptoms including shortness of breath and poor lung function. These employees were subsequently diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans, a non-reversible respiratory disease that results in the scarring of the bronchioles.
What is Diacetyl?
Diacetyl is a hazardous chemical used in manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. Diacetyl is a flavoring agent that is considered safe to eat but potentially hazardous when inhaled. It is used to produce a variety of flavors in foods, particularly dairy flavors like butter and cheese, and brown flavors like caramel and butterscotch. It is also one of the several chemicals used to flavor some of the 7,000 varieties of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) currently on the market. Diacetyl occurs naturally in some foods, such as dairy products, beer, and wine.
Due to its potential for causing respiratory illness, diacetyl has been largely phased out of the artificial flavoring industry and replaced with acetyl propionyl (AP). Although AP (like diacetyl) is approved for use in food, some researchers have raised questions about the potential toxicity of AP inhalation due to structural similarities between the two chemicals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expressed concern that AP and diacetyl could be equally toxic.
Diacetyl Side Effects
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that it is safe to consume diacetyl in trace amounts, it is important to note that the FDA and the CDC do not state that it is safe to heat and inhale. Ingesting small quantities of Diacetyl is very different than heating and inhaling the toxic chemical.
Inhaling Diacetyl can lead to scar tissue build-up in the lungs, blocking airflow and potentially damaging the lungs permanently. Although diacetyl affects mainly the lungs, can also affect the eyes, nose, throat, and skin gradually or suddenly, depending on the degree of exposure.
Diacetyl and E-Cigarrettes
There is little research currently available on the potential adverse health effects associated with inhaling the flavorings in e-liquids, but attention is now turning to the damage that the diacetyl used to flavor e-cigarettes is doing to consumers, particularly younger ones who may be more susceptible to toxic exposure.
There are currently no requirements for manufacturers to indicate whether eliquids contain diacetyl or AP, and the only requirement is that ENDS products must contain a nicotine warning statement. There also are no applicable standards for the composition of eliquids, including no governmental recommendations or restrictions on diacetyl and AP levels in eliquids.
Should you file an Diacetyl Lawsuit to protect your legal rights?
Did you or do you currently work in one of the following industries?
Did you then develop any of these Lung Diseases?
Other Lung Diseases
If you answered yes to these two questions you should look into your legal rights. Fill out our Secure Diacetyl Instant Case Evaluation if you believe you may need to protect your legal rights.
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