The Seante is currently considering legislation that would force OSHA to adopt standards that would regulate workers’ exposure to diacetyl, the commonly-used butter flavoring that has been linked to the onsent of brochiolitis obliterans, or popcorn lung. Currently, there are no federal regulations, and OSHA is only now beginning to investigate the risk of diacetyl exposure to workers at microwave popcorn factories. Recently, ConAgra Foods and Weaver Popcorn discontinued use of the chemical in their microwave popcorn products. However, diacetyl is used in the preparation of many other foods with butter flavoring, and federal regulation is necessary to ensure the safety of other workers in the prepared foods industry.
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