What is Diacetyl?
Diacetyl is a fermented byproduct used to add a “buttery note” to popcorn, milk products, alcoholic beverages, coffee, some candy and some dog food. Not only does diacetyl give butter its characteristic taste, but it also adds a slippery feel to the product.
How Can Diacetyl Harm You?
Certain workers in factories where diacetyl is added as a flavoring to human and animal food products have developed the extremely rare disease known as constrictive bronchiolitis and bronchiolitis obliterans (also called obliterative bronchiolitis). Victims of this irreversible disease suffer from bronchioles (airways) which are slowly destroyed by inflammation and/or the buildup of scar tissue from the inside. A buildup sufficient to cause difficulty breathing, often mistakenly diagnosed as asthma, is referred to as “constrictive bronchiolitis”. Once the bronchioles are sufficiently blocked they are said to be “obliterated” and they can no longer contribute to the breathing process. Because the disease is irreversible and incurable, a lung transplant is the only potential treatment.
Incredibly, consumers who have consumed microwave popcorn daily over a long period and enjoyed the popcorn smell are also at risk of developing bronchiolitis obliterans. Likewise, coffee plant workers, candy plant workers and dog plant workers have recently been diagnosed with both constrictive bronchiolitis and bronchiolitis obliterans.
Diagnosis of bronchiolitis obliterans is extremely rare. In fact, it is so rare that any diagnosis should prompt an exhaustive investigation into how exposure to diacetyl may have occurred.
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