That buttery aroma might be toxic, too
Common chemical in popcorn at center of concern
By ANDREW SCHNEIDER
P-I SENIOR CORRESPONDENT
Pop Weaver, one of the largest producers of microwave popcorn, is removing a controversial chemical flavoring agent from its products.
The chemical -- diacetyl -- adds buttery taste. Government worker safety investigators have linked exposure to the synthetic butter to the sometimes fatal destruction of the lungs of hundreds of workers in food production and flavoring factories.
And while Pop Weaver has dropped diacetyl from its product, it remains in widespread use in thousands of other consumer products, including the microwave popcorn brands Orville Redenbacher and Act II.
I had a friend who developed a strong odor and he was a
very clean person but this odor beset him and he was at
a loss to figure it out. It WAS rank, I will testify too.
Well, longer story shorter, he was able to finally figure
it out. Each night he made a bag of popcorn. When he went
on a trip he did not have his nightly microwave popcorn,
the smell stopped. When he returned home and resumed his
popcorn habit, the smell returned. Needless to say, he gave
up the microwave popcorn habit for air popped corn.