Trial set to begin in Missouri personal injury case based on alleged defective product diacetyl

popcorn.jpgA Jackson County, Missouri jury will be asked to determine whether diacetyl, used in microwave popcorn for flavoring, is a defective product that ultimately caused a former Blue Springs, Missouri woman to develop lung disease. The plaintiff, Elaine Khoury, is suing ConAgra Foods Inc. for personal injuries allegedly suffered from years of consuming Act II popcorn, which contained diacetyl until 2007. Numerous popcorn lung cases have been filed in Missouri; however, this case is unique in that the plaintiff is a popcorn consumer. The majority of the previous Missouri popcorn lung cases involved workers from a Jasper County popcorn factory.