Judge Rules Coffee Companies in California (Like Starbucks) Must List ‘Cancer Warnings’

*Good morning. Well, I guess that’s a matter of opinion, especially if you’ve yet to have your morning coffee. You may want to hold off on that; seeing as a California judge has ruled that Starbucks and other coffee sellers had better start warning their customers that their coffee products carry a cancer risk.

I had to read it twice before passing the news along to you. I was looking for the word “might” carry a cancer risk.

It’s not there. 

The judge ended up taking the side of a nonprofit group who filed an initial lawsuit against Starbucks and other coffee companies in 2010 for violating Prop 65, a state law that requires businesses to notify customers about chemicals in their products that could cause cancer.

The warnings, said to be prevalent throughout the state, are already posted on homes, workplaces, products and even parking lots.

One of the chemicals found in the beverage is acrylamide, which is produced when cooking some food at a very high temperature.

It’s also formed when coffee beans are roasted. 

The judge said in a decision Wednesday that coffee companies had failed to prove the carcinogen is harmless when produced during coffee roasting. 

More than a dozen of the defendants, including 7-Eleven, settled prior to the Wednesday decision and agreed to post warnings.



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