Angry Toxicologist

Archives for April, 2007

Wokers obliterate their lungs

The WaPo reports today that Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D) has introduced a bill to ban diacetyl use by 2010. The chemical is an artificial butter flavoring most commonly used in microwave popcorn. Numerous studies have found links between the chemical used by flavor workers and a rare disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. For those of you…

Possibly this should be the ‘absolute failure of logic’ edition. In the WaPo today (page A07), you’ll find a story about how the FDA is going to be testing food additives from China for melamine. It’s all fine and boring except for two crucial facts. Let’s do the grading: Melamine, a nitrogen-based compound used in…