Latest Product Liability Claim: Popcorn Lung

For many years, it has been suspected that workers at factories making microwave buttered popcorn have a higher risk of lung cancer. Called “popcorn lung,” this condition has now been found in at least one consumer. Denver doctors have notified the government that the case involves an individual who made the popcorn several times a day. While this is a lot of popcorn consumption, it is not a great deal of exposure when you consider most risks found in defective products. The suspected culprit is the diacetyl in butter flavorings, which is an approved flavor from the FDA. This is now shaping up into a classic products case and the industry will have to decide what steps to take after being notified of the potential dangers to consumers. For the full story, click here