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Ex-Wrigley gum plant workers sue flavorings makers for diacetyl exposure, resulting lung diseases

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 20, 2017, 3:47pm

A group of former workers at a former chewing gum factory on Chicago’s South Side have brought a wad of lawsuits against 15 companies they claim should be made to pay for allegedly including lung-disease causing chemical compounds in the flavorings with which they worked every day for years.

Chicago plaintiffs pour local lawsuit into mix of rising nationwide litigation vs McCormick over black pepper slack fill

Scott Holland Sep. 17, 2015, 10:04am

Culinary experts may disagree on what constitutes a dash of pepper, but residents of Chicago and Altoona, Iowa, have joined their names to a growing list of litigants making a federal case out of the amount of the spice in jars sold by McCormick & Company throughout the country. Julia Vladimirsky, of Chicago, and Bernard Ortiz, of Altoona, Iowa, filed a class action complaint against spice purveyor McCormick and Wal-Mart Stores, alleging the companies changed the amount of black pepper in newer