Just one week before trial was set to begin, an Iowa man settled his lawsuit that had alleged personal injuries due to exposure to the chemical, diacetyl. The man was a manager at the Snappy Popcorn Co. in Breda, Iowa, and sued the company that made the butter flavoring to which he had been exposed. From this exposure, the man contracted symptoms of a disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans, a condition that has been linked to exposure to the butter flavoring chemical. Symptoms of brochiolitis obliterans, or popcorn lung, include a dry cough and shortness of breath, especially on exertion, that occurs two weeks after exposure to the chemical. The Iowa man stated that his breathing capacity had been cut in half due to his exposure. The terms of the lawsuit have not been disclosed.
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