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Professional Cooks at Risk for Diacetyl Exposure

Last year FoxNews.com published an article warning against the chemicals found in cooking sprays, advising the consumer to check the ingredients before using the product. Deborah Enos, a certified nutritionist author, corporate health speaker and board member of the American Heart Association, writes that she was “shocked” to see the ingredients listed on a can of cooking spray, and decided to stop using them based on what she saw. “I prefer to keep the chemical consumption in my home at a minimum,” she writes. Diacetyl was among the ingredients listed, which is a chemical that has been a health concern ... Read More

Could an Occupational Health Tracking System have Saved Workers from Lung Disease?

When a worker, a 46-year-old mother of three, at a Maxwell House coffee plant in Houston died, her death was reportedly caused from “bronchial asthma.” The following year, another worker at the same plant died of the same lung disease. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, had the deaths been recorded into a national database of occupational illnesses, public health specialists could have been alerted to a potential issue. A few years later, several workers at the same coffee plant began to suspect that they were being exposed to some kind of hazardous chemical in the air when they developed a ... Read More

E-liquid Manufacturer Sued Over Claims of False Advertising

A class action lawsuit was filed November of last year against Five Pawns, an e-liquid manufacturer, over claims that the company has been false advertising. The California-based company makes e-liquids that are used in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), or for “vaping,” and has obtained the reputation of being a luxury brand. The liquids have been found to contain two chemicals, diacetyl (DA) and its close cousin acetyl propionyl (AP). AP is safe to eat in trace amounts. Diacetyl has been linked with a serious lung issues such as obliterative bronchiolitis. Diacetyl is at its peak potency when it is heated before it is inhaled. The U.S. District Court ... Read More

Texas Woman Diagnosed with Severe Lung Disease After Years of Occupational Diacetyl Exposure

Julysabel Cerda is only 35 years old and had worked at a coffee roasting plant in Texas since 2007. Part of her everyday routine was climbing the ladder to the mezzanine at the top of a grinder where coffee beans were processed. She would stir the beans, inhaling aromas that are suspected of destroying her lungs. Only a year after working there, she began to notice being increasingly winded after climbing the same ladder every day. She was fit, healthy and active otherwise. She suspected something must be wrong. A cough persisted, her throat constantly felt dry, and she couldn’t figure out why ... Read More

Naturally Occurring Diacetyl Just as Dangerous to Inhale as Synthetic Substitute

Diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione (a diacetyl substitute) are produced by chemical manufacturers. The volatile organic compound is used as a flavoring agent in products such as microwave popcorn, flavored coffee, cake mixes, prepackaged frosting, and many other types of foods. Diacetyl also can be found in nature. Green, unroasted coffee beans contain little to no diacetyl, but the roasting process produces naturally occurring diacetyl. The chemical can be released into the air around the roaster, posing a possible hazard if inhaled. Ground coffee beans create a larger surface area for these chemicals to become airborne, regardless of whether the beans have been ... Read More

High Levels of Diacetyl Found in the Air at a Small Coffee Roasting Plant

When diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione (a diacetyl substitute) was tested for in the air at a small coffee roasting plant, the levels were shockingly high, according to a study published last year by Toxicology Reports, an online journal. According to the study, green unroasted coffee beans contain little to no diacetyl or 2,3-pentanedione. It’s the roasting process that plumes the toxicity into the air, and if a facility doesn’t have proper ventilation, the concentrations could prove to be health-damaging. A second study published by Toxicology Reports by some of the same authors simulated a coffee-shop setting where the exposure to both the barista and ... Read More

E-Cigarette usage among students is a serious concern, according to the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released last week the results of a National Youth Risk Behavior Survey taken in 2015. More than 15,000 students participated in the survey. The information regarding the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, among students was shocking. Cigarette usage has decreased from 28 percent in the early 90s to only 11 percent in 2015. But according to the survey, 24 percent of high school students reported vaping in the last 30 days. CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. believes that any form of tobacco use is not good for young people. “It’s troubling to see ... Read More

Researchers warn vaping may affect lungs similarly to ‘popcorn lung’ injury

A recent study led by Joseph G. Allen, Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found the effect of smoking e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” is strikingly similar to the way employees of a Missouri microwave popcorn facility were injured. The condition, caused by long-term exposure to the flavoring agent diacetyl, was dubbed “popcorn lung.” “The heating, vaporization, and subsequent inhalation of these flavoring chemicals in e-cigarettes makes an exposure pathway for these flavorings that has significant similarities to those of the workers at the microwave popcorn facilities,” the report reads. In 2000, eight workers at a microwave popcorn plant ... Read More