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Labor Department Suggests New Rules For Microwave Popcorn Butter Chemical

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This past week, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis proposed new rules aimed at limiting exposure to the buttery flavor chemical in microwave popcorn.The chemical that creates the buttery aroma has been linked to serious health issues for workers who make the snack. "Workers who mix the chemical as a liquid or powder breathe in small amounts of this chemical and it just devastates their lungs," said David Michaels, a former assistant secretary of energy, has been studying the issue for the last four years.

After working for 10 months at a St. Louis, Mo., flavoring company, 53-year-old Jerry Blaylock developed a life-threatening disease commonly called popcorn lung, which is linked to the chemical diacetyl. Now his once healthy lungs can hold just 45 percent of breathing capacity. Flavoring manufacturers have paid more than $100 million as a result of suits brought by workers affected by popcorn lung. In California, a bill is being considered to ban its use in the state

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