Butter Flavor, Diacetyl FEMA 2379

Diacetyl (2,3-Butadione), the characterizing component of butter, is a naturally present flavor component in many of my favorite foods: butter, wine, coffee, strawberries, cheese, tea, beer and mangos. Essential Ingredient Just like butter is essential to any good recipe, diacetyl was an essential ingredient for flavors. I say was, because now we know diacetyl is hazardous and causes¬†bronchiolitis obliterans, a debilitating and sometimes fatal lung disease. Workers in the food and flavor industry have suffered from this disease (http://defendingscience.org/case-studies/case-regulatory-failure-popcorn-workers-lung). Adding diacetyl to flavors is now restricted. Diacetyl, a yellow liquid, ¬†is naturally present in food and safe to consume … [Read more...]