INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Pop Weaver(R) has become the
first microwave popcorn brand to eliminate the flavoring ingredient
diacetyl from its microwave popcorn products. Popcorn with the new flavor
formulation will begin appearing on store shelves in late August.
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Diacetyl is used in butter flavorings found in many other brands of
microwave popcorn, pastries, cake mixes, flour, cookies, crackers, frozen
foods, potato chips, and candy. Diacetyl has recently come under increased
scrutiny, with California considering a bill to ban its use in the state by
2010. Connecticut state representative Rosa Delauro has asked the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) to consider a similar ban. Although diacetyl has
long been considered safe for use in consumer food products, the flavoring
has been cited as a possible source of injury to certain employees of food
companies who may have inhaled large dosages of diacetyl while mixing it
under unsafe conditions.
"We follow strict safety guidelines in manufacturing our products, so
we've had no incidents among our associates related to diacetyl exposure,"
said Mike Weaver, president of Weaver Popcorn Company, Inc., which makes
Pop Weaver popcorn. "However, we know consumers are becoming increasingly
concerned about this issue, so we've taken it out of our flavorings. It was
a challenge to eliminate diacetyl from our flavorings and still maintain
the great buttery taste that consumers love, but we've done it." Consumer
research substantiates that the new flavoring features the same great
buttery taste that consumers love.
Weaver says his company felt it was important to take an
industry-leading role in eliminating diacetyl from its flavorings. "Popcorn
is all we make, so we are constantly striving to produce the best possible
Pop Weaver brand microwave popcorn is available at Wal-Mart and other
mass market and discount retailers and at select grocery stores nationwide.
About Pop Weaver Popcorn
Pop Weaver is a leading national brand of microwave popcorn in the
United States. It is produced by Weaver Popcorn Company, Inc., one of the
largest producers and manufacturers of popcorn products in the world. An
80-year-old, family-owned company, Weaver Popcorn distributes its products
in more than 90 countries.
SOURCE Pop Weaver