There have been reports of at least one Monogram Foods employee diagnosed with Popcorn Lung Disease (Bronchiolitis Obliterans). The Lyon Firm is investigating this case and other occupational lung disease cases nationwide. Any food manufacturer that uses diacetyl could put employees at risk.
Monogram Foods is a food manufacturer focused on the co-manufacturing, private label, and foodservice channels throughout the United States. Founded in 2004, Monogram Foods manufactures top-quality and innovative food products.
Among their food products are a range of meat snacks, appetizers, assembled sandwiches, bacon, corn dogs, USDA baked goods, and other convenience food products.
Monogram Foods is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, has over 3,000 employees and operates ten manufacturing facilities in six states, including the following:
What is Popcorn Lung?
“Popcorn lung,” medically known as bronchiolitis obliterans, is a rare and serious respiratory condition that damages the small airways in the lungs, specifically the bronchioles. The term “popcorn lung” gained attention due to its association with diacetyl, a chemical compound commonly used in the flavoring of microwave popcorn. Workers in microwave popcorn manufacturing plants and, to a lesser extent, consumers exposed to large amounts of diacetyl were initially found to be at risk of developing this condition.
Bronchiolitis obliterans is characterized by inflammation and scarring of the bronchioles, leading to a narrowing or blockage of these airways. This can result in symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and reduced lung function.
The link between popcorn lung and diacetyl exposure led to concerns about the safety of workers in food production and flavoring industries. As a result, many manufacturers and employers have taken steps to reduce or eliminate diacetyl exposure in the workplace.
It’s important to note that while diacetyl exposure has been a well-documented cause of popcorn lung, other factors can also contribute to the development of this condition, such as exposure to certain chemicals or fumes, respiratory infections, and lung transplantation. Additionally, cases of popcorn lung are relatively rare, and most people who consume microwave popcorn or other diacetyl-containing products do not develop the condition.
If you suspect you have been exposed to harmful chemicals, including diacetyl, and are experiencing respiratory symptoms, it is crucial to seek medical attention and consult with a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
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