Diacetyl is a chemical that is used to produce the flavor of butter, cream, or butterscotch to packaged foods. This artificial flavor has been linked to several serious side effects, including lung damage. Due to the popularity of Diacetyl in microwave popcorn flavoring, the damage linked with the chemical has been referred to as popcorn lung disease.
Tests of Diacetyl have found that it can irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Popcorn lung disease is a cumulative disease, or it gets worse with time. Exposure to Diacetyl has been linked to shortness of breath and hardening of lung tissue. The symptoms cannot be reversed, and in severe cases, a lung transplant may be required.
Toxic levels of Diacetyl may be inhaled by people who work in plants that use the artificial flavoring. If you work in a microwave popcorn producing plant, and have suffered shortness of breath, skin rashes, or eye irritation, it’s important that you see your doctor.
If you suffer from popcorn lung disease, then you may be due compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine if you should file a compensation claim, and if so, for what benefits.