Diacetyl is a compound often derived from natural sources that helps lend a buttery flavor to foods such as popcorn and other snack foods. Diacetyl is considered “Generally Recognized as Safe” by the FDA, but this classification only applies to ingesting the compound. Recent evidence suggests that, while Diacetyl is safe to eat as a flavoring, it can cause severe respiratory problems if inhaled. A serious disease known as Bronchiolitis Obliterans, or BO, has been linked to inhalation of Diacetyl.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to Diacetyl, and have suffered from respiratory symptoms, a consultation with the experienced pharmaceutical attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton can help you determine if you might be eligible for damages.
Who is in Danger of Developing Bronchiolitis Obliterans?
BO is a rare disorder, but is seen in people who work in popcorn factories at a significantly higher level than in the general population. BO is often misdiagnosed as another lung ailment such as asthma, bronchitis or pneumonia, but its long-term effects are serious and irreversible.
Symptoms of BO include:
- Shortness of breath
- Dry, persistent cough
Workers in the popcorn industry most likely to develop BO are those who are most extensively exposed to Diacetyl. These include those who mix flavors and those who test the product by popping multiple bags of popcorn.
If you have been exposed to Diacetyl at your workplace and believe you might be suffering from Bronchiolitis Obliterans, please contact nationwide pharmaceutical injury attorneys Schlichter, Bogard & Denton to schedule a free initial consultation.