House OKs Bill To Protect Popcorn Workers

Law360, New York (September 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has greenlighted a controversial bill aimed at protecting workers from overexposure to the chemical diacetyl, a butter flavoring often used in microwave popcorn that has been linked to serious lung problems.

The legislation passed the House on Wednesday in a 260 to 154 vote, amid praise by supporters who called it a necessary protection for workers and dissent by opponents who criticized the “rush to regulate.”

The Popcorn Workers Lung Disease Prevention Act would require the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health...
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