This chemical has been linked to lung damage in workers inhaling its fumes in food manufacturing plants. Its been approved by Food and Drug Administration but, hundreds of workers have sued flavoring makers in recent years for lung damage. Popcorn lung, or bronchiolitis obliterans, results from exposure to Diacetyl, the chemical used in butter flavoring in microwave popcorn and other food products. People affected by the toxicity of this chemical have developed shortness of breath, hardening of the lung tissue, and other serious respiratory symptoms. The damage cannot be reversed by eliminating the exposure to Diacetyl. The most serious cases of popcorn lung are life threatening and require individuals to undergo a lung transplant. There are now reports of consumers of microwave popcorn developing these symptoms.
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