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Web Date: January 16, 2008

Investigation Of Diacetyl Sought

Presence of chemical in hundreds of products prompts calls for more study
Department: Government & Policy, Science & Technology

North America???s largest union for hotel, restaurant, and kitchen workers???Unite Here???has asked manufacturers to stop using the butter-flavor chemical diacetyl in commercial and home cooking products. Exposure to high levels of diacetyl has been linked to the lung disease bronchiolitis obliterans, known as popcorn lung, among workers in factories where microwave popcorn is made.

At the same time, members of the House Committee on Education & . . .

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