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December 16, 1998

Hot Butter and Cheese Dispensers at the Movie Theater: A Real Sizzler?—Reply

JAMA. 1998;280(23):1994. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-23-jbk1216

In Reply.—On reading Dr Freshwater's letter, I checked with our concessions, operations, and insurance departments to determine whether we had had any mishaps with our self-serve butter or cheese topping systems. I learned this has not been a problem for General Cinema. We have few, if any, self-serve cheese stations, and even in those theaters with self-serve buttering equipment, I was unable to discover any incidents in which a customer had received a burn while using the equipment. (Our self-serve buttering units can melt the popcorn topping at temperatures as low as 80°F to 90°F.)