Workers who manufacture microwave popcorn for ConAgra and Pop Weaver will soon be able to breathe easier, since both companies have announced that they will stop using diacetyl to flavor their popcorn. Other workers â including those who make flavorings, baked goods, and other companiesâ microwave popcorn â may still be exposed to the artificial butter flavoring chemical.
Other occupational health and safety news this week includes:
Salt Lake Tribune: At a Senate Subcommittee hearing, Mine Safety and Health Administration Director Richard Stickler testified that MSHA did not know about a March rockburst at the Crandall Canyon mine. Efforts to rescue six trapped miners officially ended on Friday, 25 days after the Crandall Canyon mine collapse.
New York Times: Decontamination barriers erected in the Deutsche Bank building to contain World Trade Center dust probably contributed to the disastrous fire that claimed two firefighters lives.
Rocky Mountain News: The U.S. nuclear weapons program has sickened 36,500 Americans and killed more than 4,000.
The Telegraph (Calcutta, India): Managers of tea estates seem uninterested in their workersâ health, even though many have tuberculosis.
House Committee on Education and Labor: Representative George Miller has launched an interactive map showing approximately 10% of the deaths that have occurred in U.S. workplaces in 2007.