Suit Claims Popcorn Gave Man Lung Cancer




Suit Claims Popcorn Gave Man Lung Cancer

A man living in Denver recently filed a suit claiming he became injured from the artificial butter flavoring in microwavable popcorn.

The man is the first consumer to develop what is known as “popcorn lung”, a conditioned that has, until now, only affected popcorn factory workers.  This matter calls into question whether microwave popcorn is an unsafe product.

Popcorn Leads to Health Condition

Wayne Watson filed the suit against Kroger Company and two of its divisions, King Soopers’ and Dillon Companies Inc.

Watson was diagnosed with “popcorn lung” last year at National Jewish Hospital.

The plaintiff’s rare condition, which was reportedly caused by his two-bags-a-day diet, made national news.

Rare Condition Exposed

“Popcorn lung” is a rare condition that has been associated with the flavor chemical diacetyl.
This chemical has been the subject of several lawsuits in the last couple of years since workers at the Glister Mary Lee factory in Missouri were placed on lung transplant lists with the condition.
According to reports, diacetyl is the natural occurring chemical that is used in popcorn that gives butter its flavor.

Although the chemical has been FDA approved, last month the nation’s four largest makers of microwave popcorn decided to reformulate their recipes to remove the chemical from their product.

(Source: Fox News)

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