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Popcorn Maker Eliminates Diacetyl in Flavorings Amid Possible Bans

10:22 AM MDT | September 14, 2007 | Kara Sissell

Weaver Popcorn (Indianapolis) says it has switched to a popcorn flavoring that does not contain diacetyl, an ingredient that some suspect causes respiratory problems in workers at microwave popcorn packaging plants. Weaver says it made the switch after several states proposed laws that would ban diacetyl. Taste without the tort: Weaver’s new flavoring may be healthier for workers. “Diacetyl has recently come under increased scrutiny, with California considering a bill to ban its use in the state by 2010,” the company says. Connecticut is...

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