The Evolution Of Diacetyl-Related Litigation: Part 1

Law360, New York (August 18, 2016, 12:19 PM EDT) -- Sherry A. Knutson

Jennifer Steinmetz For over a decade, plaintiffs attorneys have targeted the flavoring chemical diacetyl in a series of national lawsuits, which started when respiratory disease was discovered in nine workers at a Missouri microwave popcorn processing plant back in 2000. In recent years, however, plaintiffs have shifted their focus to new industries and alternative chemicals. This two-part series looks at some recent trends in flavoring litigation and offers recommendations for facilities that use the chemicals at issue.

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