Artificial Butter Suspected In Factory Workers' Disabling Lung Disorder

10/4/2001 | NYTimes.com

Some factory employees in Missouri and Nebraska who handle vats of artificial butter flavoring have developed bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare and disabling lung disease. According to physicians for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the problem appears limited to workers who inhale massive amounts of the flavoring and doesn't pose a threat to anyone eating the flavoring, used on popcorn and other foods.

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