According to Parmet, within 20 minutes of reviewing their medical records, he diagnosed their condition as bronchiolitis obliterans, a devastating lung disease he had seen only three times in 25 years, reported the (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21423866/ns/health-health_care/t/popcorn-workers-stuck-painful-legacy/#.UFuIaY1lTBY) Associated Press .Thirty factory workers eventually went forward with litigation against the plant, in a move that prompted people to start calling the condition "popcorn workers lung
." Eric Peoples, the first plaintiff to file a suit, was awarded $20 million in compensatory damages.Since then, several manufacturers including ConAgra, which owns Act II and Orville Redenbacher, have replaced diacetyl.
Richard Lugar, R-Ind., APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), called on the legislator to vote in favor of the Popcorn Workers Lung
Disease Prevention Act, known as H.R.
Popcorn workers lung
, or bronchiolitis obliterans, is a severe, disabling and often fatal lung disease experienced by factory workers who produce or handle diacetyl, the artificial butter flavoring in popcorn.