House OKs Bill To Protect Popcorn Workers

Law360 (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 Administration to put out rules limiting how much workers can be exposed to diacetyl, which...

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