Ensuring the safety of our products – and maintaining the confidence of consumers – is the single most important goal of our industry.  Product safety is the foundation of consumer trust, and our industry devotes enormous resources to ensure that our products are safe. 

Diacetyl has been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the use in food products since 1983.  It is most widely known for its use as a butter flavoring in microwave popcorn.  The FDA, the Center for Disease Control and the American Lung Association have all concluded that butter flavoring from microwave popcorn does not pose a risk to the consumer.  However, to address consumer preferences the majority of food companies have reformulated their microwave popcorn products to reduce or eliminate the use of diacetyl in butter flavoring used in those products. 

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) can be found in trace amounts in liners of microwavable popcorn bags.  In a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study, microwave popcorn bags contained 6–290 parts per billion PFOA, a trace amount that is determined to be safe by FDA.  Similar coatings are also used in fast food wrappers, candy wrappers, and pizza box liners.

Join Maria Menounos as She Cares for Parents With Cancer, Diabetes & COVID in Powerful Video Diary

It hasn't been easy, but she's dedicated her life to helping them — and loving them.


Maria Menounos has been caring for her parents for years. Her dad has type 1 diabetes, with his blood sugar levels often dropping dangerously low. And her mom was diagnoses with Stage 4 brain cancer, or glioblastoma, in 2016. As if that wasn't enough, she never thought she would also see them hospitalized with COVID-19. It hasn't been easy, but she's dedicated her life to helping them — and loving them. Go inside her emotional journey in a powerful and moving video diary. She's sharing it all to help others find the strength they need in their own journies.

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