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    Woman Sues After Microwave Popcorn Gave Her "Popcorn Lungs"

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/...ntent=My+Yahoo

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    A Queens woman is suing a food giant, claiming she got "popcorn lung" by inhaling vapors from microwaved munchies she consumed daily for 16 years.

    Agnes Mercado claims ConAgra, the maker of Act II popcorn, is responsible for irreversible lung disease that will one day require a transplant.



    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/...#ixzz0nHszmp4b
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    Yikes ! That is scary, I eat micro popcorn along with my kids occasionally, I don't think I will be any longer !!

    Why in the heck does our goverment allow this crap in our food to begin with oh yeah ! Its called money $$$$$

    I'll just buy the kind you pop yourself from now on

    I wonder if she saved all her reciepts ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticrose View Post
    Yikes ! That is scary, I eat micro popcorn along with my kids occasionally, I don't think I will be any longer !!

    Why in the heck does our goverment allow this crap in our food to begin with oh yeah ! Its called money $$$$$

    I'll just buy the kind you pop yourself from now on

    I wonder if she saved all her reciepts ???
    According to the article she is one of a handful of people who have sued over exposure to the additive diacetyl, which gives the popcorn it's buttery taste.

    On top of that, the company is also being sued by some of their workers.

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    Wow, I had never heard of this. No more microwave popcorn in my house.
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    I have heard of this before. It's my understanding that most microwave popcorn manufacturers changed their recipe after this. No idea if all have changed or if the ingredient(s) they changed to have made it safer. But really I think you would have to use the popcorn day after day for it to be a problem. One guy I heard of who got this had used it quite often (not sure for how long) and purposely sniffed it each time he made some because he loved the smell so much.

    IMO, after the recipe change popcorn doesn't taste as good! /selfish rant

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/...n3239379.shtml

    Okay, it was 2 bags a day for 10 years.
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    This does not bother me at all! I do not eat 2-3 bags of micro popcorn every day. We eat it every other weekend and I do not stand near the microwave and breathe in the vapors. You can also get plain and heat of regular butter in a pot on the stove and drizzle over your popcorn if you are really that scared of getting this problem.
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    That's why I don't buy Act II brand, or Movie Theater Butter Flavored!
    Pop-Secret Homestyle is really good though, that's the only kind I buy.
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    The people I'd be worried about with this is the workers who are around the fumes all day. I would hope that the company would provide some kind of breathing apparatus for them.

    I second the Pop Secret Homestyle. I've liked that one for years. To me it tastes a little different than it used to. It used to have this very delicate butter taste that IMO it doesn't anymore, but it's still better than most others.
    If there is anything worse than the sandwiches, it is the sausages which sit next to them. Joyless tubes, full of gristle, floating in a sea of something hot and sad, stuck with a plastic pin in the shape of a chef’s hat: A memorial, one feels, for some chef who hated the world, and died, forgotten and alone among his cats on a back stair in Stepney. – Douglas Adams

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    I saw a show about popcorn years ago and it grossed me out what they can put in in, however don't remember what it was??

    Have stopped buying popcorn at the movies because whenever I ate it, about halfway I would get itchy and cough. Doesn't happen with microwave popcorn but this whole thing is making me rethink popcorn again. Back to regular kernals with no additives maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brwnigirl View Post
    I saw a show about popcorn years ago and it grossed me out what they can put in in, however don't remember what it was??

    Have stopped buying popcorn at the movies because whenever I ate it, about halfway I would get itchy and cough. Doesn't happen with microwave popcorn but this whole thing is making me rethink popcorn again. Back to regular kernals with no additives maybe?
    A few years ago Mr. zig's daughter, then 11, had to make some popcorn and mixed candy corn treats for her class. She thought for ALL that popcorn we were going to just buy microwave - uh NO - a little too expensive.

    I bought a bag of kernals and BOTH of his kids ages 11 and 14 had NEVER known popcorn to be made any other way but by microwave.

    We had so much fun popping the corn on the stovetop in the big metal skillet and watching them pop out of the pan before we could get it all to the bowl.

    I hate microwave anything really. Making popcorn is fun and then you get to use REAL butter ~ yummy. And my other favorite topping to include is Brewer's Yeast. That is the BEST!!

    Start popping your own everyone.
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    I have brownie butt - should I sue, too?

    (j/k)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzieCat View Post

    I second the Pop Secret Homestyle. I've liked that one for years. To me it tastes a little different than it used to. It used to have this very delicate butter taste that IMO it doesn't anymore, but it's still better than most others.
    That's what makes it better, there's no nauseauting, heavy FAKE butter flavor, it's light and tastes like real butter!
    If I buy popcorn at a movie theater, I won't let them add the fake butter, I'll go without!
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    I started popping my own when my elderly mother couldn't tolerate the high salt of the microwave sort. It's fast (stove top), easy, and completely at your will for toppings.

    I like butter, a dash or two of garlic salt, and a liberal sprinkling of Parmesan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandab View Post
    I have brownie butt - should I sue, too?

    (j/k)
    Me,too!! We can make it a class-action and invite the people with icecream thighs and potato chip hips...J/K...

    For God's sake how much popcorn do you have to sniff for this to occur?

    Well this is yet another disease I can mark off my list that I will never have because I hate popcorn.
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