From our "You can trust us" Dept:
ConAgra, the world's largest supplier of the 3 billion bags of
microwave popcorn sold each year, said Tuesday that it will eliminate
the use of a controversial chemical butter flavoring linked to severe
lung disease in workers from its Act II and Orville Redenbacher
Dr. David Egilman, an occupation medicine specialist, has examined and
testified for many of the workers injured by diacetyl.
"People need to realize that these illness and deaths were completely
preventable," Egilman said. "They occurred because the companies who
make these products hid the information on toxicity and control the
regulatory process. ... An emasculated government public health
community that is subservient to corporate profits cannot protect us
-- even from popcorn."
Weaver, the first microwave popcorn company to remove diacetyl, said
it had taken its action because of concerns for consumers who were
"growing more anxious" over the presence of the chemical.
On Tuesday, ConAgra corporate spokeswoman Stephanie Childs said no
date for the production of popcorn without the flavoring had been
determined, but it would be in the "near future." The action will be
taken to protect ConAgra workers, she said.