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Popcorn eater files lawsuit


February 28, 2008
By Canadian Vending

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A Denver man, believed to be the only consumer to develop “popcorn
lung” from regular servings of microwave popcorn, filed a lawsuit
claiming injury from the artificial butter flavouring that previously
sickened only popcorn factory workers.

A Denver man, believed to be the only consumer to develop “popcorn lung” from regular servings of microwave popcorn, filed a lawsuit claiming injury from the artificial butter flavouring that previously sickened only popcorn factory workers.

Wayne Watson’s case of “popcorn lung” and his two-bags-a-day diet gained national attention last year when doctors diagnosed him with the rare lung condition that has been linked to the flavour chemical diacetyl.

Popcorn lung, officially called bronchiolitis obliterans, generally has been associated with people who worked in microwave popcorn plants mixing large vats of flavours. Hundreds of workers have said they have severe lung disease or other respiratory illnesses from inhaling
diacetyl vapours.

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The chemical has been the subject of hundreds of lawsuits against the companies that produce or use the butter flavouring.

The law firm representing Watson is the same one that filed suit on behalf of workers at the Gilster Mary Lee factory in Jasper, Mo. The workers inhaled the fumes from testing hundreds of bags of microwave popcorn a day

Last fall, the four biggest U.S. makers of microwave
popcorn announced they were reformulating their recipes to remove the chemical from nearly all their products.