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Starbucks Ordered To Warn California Customers Of Carcinogens In Coffee

Damn, why won’t the world just let us coffee drinkers live without the warning of potentially dying. The state of California has to now warn all coffee drinkers of the dangerous chance of  getting cancer from a product used in making coffee. This warning was suppose to come out back in 2010.

(ABC 7) A judge ruled that Starbucks and other coffee sellers in California must provide a cancer warning on their products for customers. A nonprofit group sued several companies that sell coffee, including Starbucks, coffee distributors and retailers in 2010. The lawsuit claimed those companies violated state law, which requires them to warn consumers about chemicals in the roasting process that may cause cancer. One of those chemicals is acrylamide, which is a carcinogen.


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Attorneys for about 90 companies said the chemical is present in the process, but that it’s at harmless levels and is outweighed by the benefits of drinking a cup of coffee. The ruling came despite eased concerns in recent years about the possible dangers of coffee, with some studies finding health benefits. In 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer – the cancer agency of the World Health Organization – moved coffee off its “possible carcinogen” list.

According to the Associated Press, a Superior Court judge ruled in support of a suit filed by Council for Education and Research on Toxics, who say they want consumers to be aware of a carcinogen called acrylamide, which is produced during the coffee roasting process. Coffee lobbyists argue that acrylamide, a known carcinogen, is “harmless” at the levels it’s found in roasted coffee; they did not see a need to include a cancer warning because the chemical “results naturally from the cooking process to make the beans flavorful.”

The proposed ruling — which falls under the state’s proposition 65, a rule that says businesses must give customers a “clear and reasonable warning” about ingredients or materials that may affect health — could be challenged and reversed, though a reversal is unlikely, according to the A.P.

The original case dates back to 2010, and 13 of the original defendants, including 7-Eleven, settled, while Starbucks and others stuck it out. They must now include a label on their products that reads, in part:

“Chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive toxicity, including acrylamide, are present in coffee, baked goods, and other food or beverages sold here. Acrylamide is not added to our products, but results from cooking, such as when coffee beans are roasted or baked goods are baked. As a result, acrylamide is present in our brewed coffee…”