O.S.H.A. schedules meeting on diacetyl

by Jeff Gelski
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WASHINGTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration invites the public to participate in its informal stakeholder meeting on "Occupational Exposure to Diacetyl and Food Flavorings Containing Diacetyl" on Oct. 17 at the Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport Hotel in Arlington, Va. More information may be found in a Federal Register notice published Sept. 26 (Vol. 72, No. 186).

"This meeting will provide another opportunity for the agency to collect additional information from all interested stakeholders on how to protect the health of employees exposed to diacetyl and food flavors containing diacetyl," said Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., assistant secretary of Labor for O.S.H.A.

If more than 50 stakeholders register for the meeting, O.S.H.A. will hold a second meeting at the same location Oct. 18.

Also on Sept. 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2693, or the Popcorn Workers Lung Disease Protection Act, by a vote of 260-154. It is designed to issue a standard to regulate the exposure of workers at food processing plants to diacetyl, an artificial food flavoring linked to bronchiolitis obliterans, a lung disease that has sickened and killed workers.

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