The chemical diacetyl is used in popcorn to create the buttery flavor many Americans enjoy. It is also used to create flavoring in candy and often baked goods. The problem, however, is the chemical has been linked to severe lung problems in workers in plants that produce these products.
Recently, the four biggest microwave popcorn manufacturers in the US announced they were removing the chemical from their products. This is a big step going forward, but unfortunately many workers have already been affected by working with diacetyl and the effects are irreversible.
Many workers have become sick after repeated exposure to diacetyl. These people have a right to file a claim for the harm that has been caused to them and to seek recovery for medical bills, pain and suffering and their deteriorating health. The chemical is so harmful it can lead to death.
If you or someone you know has become sick after working at a popcorn plant or a plant that makes candy or bake goods, contact an attorney. You may be able to recover for your illness.
Currently a partner with the McCallister Law Group, Marc McCallister first worked as a defense attorney at a large insurance defense firm where he defended area hospitals and physicians. He now concentrates on his areas of expertise, which include medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, products liability, premises liability, motor vehicle and wrongful death cases.