Man Settles Lawsuit over Popcorn Flavoring


A man has reached a settlement with a company after he filed a lawsuit claiming that he suffered health problems as a result of exposure to a chemical in flavoring used on microwave popcorn. The settlement has been reached with the company that made the buttery flavoring for the popcorn, International Flavors and Fragrances Inc.

John Weimer Jr. filed the lawsuit after he suffered a condition known as popcorn lung, which is a respiratory problem that is associated with exposure to a chemical called diacetyl. This was while he was working at the Snappy Popcorn Company plant in Iowa as a manager.

The trial in the case had been scheduled to start later this month. An attorney working on the case confirmed that a satisfactory settlement had been reached but stated that the actual terms of the settlement could not be discussed at this stage.

The lawsuit had claimed that the company was aware that the flavoring contained a chemical that could pose such health hazards, but that the company failed to issue relevant warnings.


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