Diacetyl exposures in the flavor manufacturing industry.

  title={Diacetyl exposures in the flavor manufacturing industry.},
  author={John W Martyny and Michael V Van Dyke and Shawn Arbuckle and Megan S. Towle and Cecile S. Rose},
  journal={Journal of occupational and environmental hygiene},
  volume={5 11},
Recently, worker exposures to diacetyl, a chemical used in the production of butter popcorn, has been linked to bronchiolitis obliterans, a severe lung disease. This chemical is also used in the flavor industry to confer a buttery flavor to many food products, with more than 228,000 pounds used in 2005. Diacetyl exposures were monitored at 16 small-to medium-sized flavor facilities to determine potential diacetyl exposures. A total of 181 diacetyl samples (both personal and area samples) were… CONTINUE READING
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