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The inhalation of an additive once used in microwave popcorn has been linked to a debilitating and sometimes fatal lung disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn lung.” This respiratory ailment has affected microwave popcorn workers across the U.S. as well as some heavy popcorn consumers.
STATUS OF POPCORN LUNG LAWSUITS: Millions of dollars in compensation has been recovered by popcorn workers and consumers through filing a lawsuit for popcorn lung. In addition, many other cases are still pending in courts throughout the United States.
Popcorn lung lawyers are continuing to review new lawsuits for factory workers and other individuals who have been diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans or severe respiratory problems.
OVERVIEW: Use of certain natural and artificial flavor products in microwave butter popcorn has been linked to the development of bronchilitis obliterans. This serious respiratory condition has become more commonly known as popcorn lung or popcorn worker lung, since it is often found among individuals who inhaled fumes while manufacturing microwave popcorn or in rare cases among non-workers who consumed large amounts of butter microwave popcorn.
Federal health officials have found a link between exposure to vapors from the butter flavors used to manufacture microwave popcorn and a severe injury to the airway. Although manufacturers of butter flavoring knew or should have known about the risk of lung problems for popcorn workers, they failed to provide adequate warnings or take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to vapors that can cause damage to the lungs, respiratory system or other respiratory illness.
POPCORN WORKERS LUNG: Also known as bronchiolitis obliterans, obliterative bronchiolitis or constrictive bronchiolitis, popcorn worker lung is a rare and irreversible lung disease. It can be caused by inhalation of vapors from the chemical diacetyl, which is used to give microwave popcorn its buttery flavor.
Popcorn lung causes scarring and inflammation in the bronchioles of the lung, which are small airways. This causes diminished lung capacity and breathing problems. Symptoms of popcorn worker lung can include:
- Severe Shortness of Breath
- Dry Cough
The lung problems from microwave popcorn production can have a devastating impact on an individual’s quality of life and in severe cases may result in the need for a lung transplant. Popcorn worker lung can also cause death due to lung failure and complications.
REVIEW A CASE WITH A POPCORN LUNG LAWYER: Submit information regarding a potential popcorn lung lawsuit to have your case reviewed and evaluated by an attorney. If it appears that you, a friend or family member may be entitled to compensation as a result of diacetyl popcorn lung, you may be contacted by a lawyer.