Jan. 2, 2013
Sensient Flavorings, LLC, an Indianapolis-based company that creates food flavorings, has agreed to reduce the amount of a chemical used make popcorn taste buttery to settle disputes with workers and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA).
KOAA News reports that the dispute stems from an inspection by IOSHA conducted in 2008 that found an unhealthy amount of a chemical known as Diacetyl in the manufacturing of products. Two years later, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reported that workers in Sensient’s facilities had abnormal lung function at a higher rate than the average population of the United States.
The chemical Diacetyl has been linked to the onset of a deadly disease developed by factory workers referred to as “Popcorn Lung.” In response, Sensient Flavorings has agreed to immediately reduce the use of the chemical by 20 percent, and to completely eliminate its use by the end of the year where it can.
The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers recognize the fact that some workers are exposed to harmful chemicals in the workplace, regardless of standards requiring employees to have a safe work environment. If you have been harmed by toxic exposure to a while at work, it’s important to discuss your legal options with an Indianapolis Workers’ Comp Attorney.