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"Popcorn Lung" Shows up in Candy Makers

Investigative journalist Andrew Schneider writes that a cluster of former candy factory workers has been diagnosed as suffering from the lung disease caused by exposure to the flavoring agent diacetyl. Schneider notes that

"It was two years ago that health and safety officials for the nation’s largest unions and occupational medicine activists petitioned the Department of Labor to order OSHA to broaden its examination of diacetyl beyond popcorn workers. But many of those inside the agency says there is little or no interest in worrying about the thousands of other manufacturers who still use the chemical."

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