KENNEWICK, Wash. - Most microwave popcorn will no longer include a potentially dangerous ingredient. The announcement came from Con Agra foods, the largest maker of microwave popcorn.
A company spokesman says they will no longer use a flavoring called diacetyl. The chemical is linked to a life-threatening condition commonly known as popcorn lung.
Workers exposed to the chemical for long periods of time can contract the disease. This announcement comes on the heels of a hospital study, revealing potential dangers to consumers as well as workers.