OSHA Begins Rule On Diacetyl | January 26, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 4 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 4 | p. 24 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 26, 2009

OSHA Begins Rule On Diacetyl

Department: Government & Policy

OSHA has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking for regulating exposure to the food-flavoring compound diacetyl. Published in the Jan. 21 issue of the Federal Register, the notice asks for any information regarding adverse health effects associated with diacetyl, methods to evaluate and monitor exposure, employee training, and any related topics. In addition, the agency is seeking data on exposure and health effects of acetoin, acetaldehyde, acetic acid, furfural, and other compounds used in food flavorings. Diacetyl is the compound that was named a couple of years ago as the likely cause of severe lung disease in workers using it during the manufacture of microwave popcorn. Since then, most microwave popcorn makers have stopped using diacetyl.

 
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