Letter to the editor. RE: Galbraith D and Weill D (2009), Popcorn lung and bronchiolitis obliterans: a critical appraisal 82:407-416.
Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2010 Apr; 83(4):467-469
We are concerned that readers may be mislead by David Galbraith and David Weill's criticisms of several recent studies that have shown risk to workers from exposures to butter favoring chemicals (Galbraith and Weill 2009). Some of their criticisms are largely semantic. As previously noted, "The terminology of bronchiolitis obliterans has been a source of confusion which has not yet been completely resolved" (Cordier 2007). This semantic confusion regarding bronchiolitis obliterans terminology does not affect the science of recent research on workers. More disturbing are the misconceptions, inaccuracies, and omissions in their review. We appreciate the opportunity to clarify the peer-reviewed literature on diacetyl and flavorings-related lung disease.
Food-additives; Food-processing-workers; Food-processing-industry; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders
K. Kreiss, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Mail Stop H2800, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA
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