andrew schneider investigates

March 18, 2008

Occupational Mortality Database

Filed under: Diacetyl,Environmental health issues,Food additives,Worker Safety — Andrew Schneider @ 05:55

Some of you questioned how to access the Mortality Database which I mentioned in today’s PI story on the first government investigations of dangerous vapor from butter flavoring released in kitchens of professional cooks.

We don’t know of any popcorn plants in Washington State that use the chemical butter flavoring diacetyl, but the state’s Occupational Mortality Database show that over the past 50 years, cooks, chefs and candy makers have died of respiratory disease at a rate significantly higher than expected. Candy makers and bakers often use the artificial butter flavoring which has been shown to destroy lungs and sometimes kills.

With a bit of patience, you can see what type of disease is most deadly to each of hundreds of occupations.

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