Danisco, other diacetyl makers accused of negligence

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Feb 2, 2018

ST. LOUIS — A number of individuals are suing Danisco USA Inc., Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd., and others, diacetyl manufacturers and distributors, citing alleged failure to warn and negligence.

Cedric Mims, Robert Wideman, Ezell Roberts and others filed a complaint on Jan. 11 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they negligently represented that diacetyl was safe for its intended use.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that during their employment they were exposed to diacetyl, a chemical used in the manufacturing industry. As a result, the plaintiffs allegedly  were caused to suffer injuries to their respiratory systems, including but not limited to bronchiolitis, asthma, lung diseases and other respiratory ailments. They allegedly suffered necessary medical expenses and loss of earnings. 

The plaintiffs hold Danisco USA, Citrus and Allied Essences and others responsible because despite knowing that diacetyl is toxic, hazardous and poisonous, the defendants manufactured and sold it without adequate warnings and/or instructions on safe use.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury; and seek judgment against each defendant in an amount in excess of $25,000, court costs, punitive damages, and any other relief that is just and proper. They are represented by Tor. A. Torhoerman, Jacob W. Plattenberger, Kenneth J. Brennan and Tyler Schneider of Torhoerman Law LLC in Edwadsville.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822-CC00073

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