Lung Disease from Microwave Popcorn Chemicals

The popcorn lung lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for individuals diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans, which is also known as popcorn lung, obliterative bronchiolitis or constrictive bronchiolitis. This severe lung disease may be caused by exposure to chemical vapors from artificial butter flavor in microwave popcorn.

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Exposure to the chemical diacetyl may result in a diagnosis of bronchiolitis obliterans, which can involve severe and persistent symptoms, such as:

  • Severe Shortness of Breath
  • Dry Cough (Usually without Pflegm)
  • Wheezing

In many cases, these microwave popcorn problems are misdiagnosed as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or pneumonia.

Compensation may be available through a popcorn lung lawsuit for individuals who worked in factories that produced microwave popcorn or chemicals used to provide butter flavoring. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.


Popcorn lung is a rare and severe disease that has been found to occur at a high rate among microwave popcorn factory workers and flavor production factory workers. It has also been identified among some consumers who were heavy, daily eaters of butter microwave popcorn.

The problems are linked to exposure to diacetyl, which is a chemical used to provide microwave popcorn with a butter flavor. Companies that manufactured, used and sold the chemicals used to give microwave popcorn a butter flavor owed a duty to both consumers and industry workers to adequately test the product and warn about the potential hazards.

Microwave popcorn lung lawsuits have been resulted in millions of dollars of compensation being awarded to popcorn factory workers diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans.

The severe and irreversible lung disease causes inflammation in the lungs, resulting in scarring and hardening of the tissue, which leads to obstruction of the airway and the potential need for a lung transplant.

Bronchiolitis Obliterans Lawsuit for Popcorn Workers

Lawsuits for Popcorn lung allege that defendants:

  • Failed to adequately warn about the potential risk of inhaling vapors from popcorn butter flavoring
  • Failed to conduct adequate testing, which would have shown that microwave popcorn vapors can cause factory workers to suffer damage to the lungs, respiratory system and other respiratory illnesses
  • Failed to properly report the side effects for popcorn workers
  • Failed to provide warnings or instructions about proper use of microwave popcorn butter flavor and the necessary ventilation and respiratory protections that should be provided to workers.
  • Failed to warn that monitoring at regular intervals could provide information on exposure for popcorn workers and assure excessive exposure did not occur


The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential popcorn lung class action lawsuits and individual injury lawsuits for popcorn lung. Studies have established an association between bronchiolitis obliterans or popcorn lung and exposure to vapors from the heated butter flavoring used in microwave popcorn production.

To review a potential Popcorn lung suit for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation with our attorneys. All cases are reviewed on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no fees or expenses to pursue a case through our popcorn lung lawyers unless a recovery is obtained.