Artificial flavoring industry targeted for hazardous chemical (8/14)
â€œAlthough the precise number of workers already suffering respiratory effects from exposure to diacetyl is unknown, the potential magnitude of the problem is sizable,â€ the experts said in a letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.
OSHA currently sets no limits for worker exposure to diacetyl. Industry representatives noted that artificial flavoring companies deals with many hazardous chemicals, and the industry has a strong history of protecting workers from exposure. According to the Sacramento Bee, the level of worker protection in the flavoring business varies from company to company as job safety is largely self-policed.