- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 29, 2004

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — A jury ruled against four popcorn factory employees in the third of a series of lawsuits by workers who say a butter flavoring caused disabling lung injuries.

International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. and its subsidiary, Bush Boake Allen Inc., were not responsible for the injuries at the plant in Jasper, the jury ruled Monday.

The four plaintiffs said they contracted the lung disease bronchiolitis obliterans, the widespread obstruction of the small airways.

In all, 30 persons who worked at the plant have filed suit over the flavoring used there, with 27 lawsuits still pending.

In March, jurors awarded a total of $20 million in damages to a married couple who worked at the plant. The following month, a confidential settlement was reached before the jury could rule in a second trial.

The lawsuits contend that the flavoring manufacturers knew about the dangers but didn’t give warning. The defendants said they were unaware of the risk and suggested there is not enough evidence to prove their product had caused the disease.

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