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House passes legislation to regulate butter-flavoring chemical

In a 260-154 vote, the House has recently passed legislation that would force OSHA to limit workplace exposure to diacetyl, the butter-flavoring compound that has been linked to the development of bronchiolitis obliterans, or Popcorn Lung. Senator Edward Kennedy supports the House effort and hopes that the Senate will pass the bill as soon as possible. Predictably, the White House has opposed this legislation that would impose regulations on large manufacturers, with President Bush threatening to veto.

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