Coffee in California May Soon Come with a Cancer Warning
Despite its long list of health benefits, coffee in California may soon come with a consumer warning about cancer. A lawsuit first filed by the Council for Education and Research on Toxics in 2010 seeks to require coffee sellers, including Starbucks, BP, Gloria Jean’s and 7-Eleven, to warn customers about the ingestion of acrylamide, a possibly cancer-causing chemical that’s produced when coffee beans are roasted.
Bad news, coffee drinkers: A California judge has ruled that coffee companies across the state will have to carry a cancer warning label because of a carcinogen that is present in the brewed beverage. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle sided with a nonprofit's case against dozens of coffee companies
In a controversial and potentially confusing decision, a California Superior Court judge has ruled that coffee sold in the state should carry a warning that the drink comes with a cancer risk.
In a controversial and potentially confusing decision, a California Superior Court judge has ruled that coffee sold in the state should carry a warning that the drink comes with a cancer risk. Despite the warning, however, the extent to which coffee actually poses such a risk, if at all, is still unknown.
At the heart of this debate is a naturally occurring chemical known as acrylamide. While it’s generally accepted that acrylamide is a carcinogen,, the extent to which it poses a significant risk to humans is up for debate. Meanwhile, if acrylamide was simply an ingredient or additive, this issue would be more straightforward: Companies could just take it out of their products. But acrylamide is a natural byproduct of common cooking practices that have been used for all of human history. The chemical forms when starchy foods are cooked at high temperatures; “browning” is a typical sign that acrylamide is present. Like your toast dark? The darker, the more acrylamide you’re likely to ingest. Like your potatoes extra crispy? Those tasty blackened edges likely have extra acrylamide. Prefer your coffee beans roasted, as they always are? That roasting process also unleashes acrylamide.
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California judge rules coffee must come with cancer warning . Customers at shops that post warnings are often unaware or unconcerned about Darlington Ibekwe, a lawyer in Los Angeles, said a cancer warning would be annoying but wouldn't stop him from treating himself to three lattes a week.
LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge has determined that coffee companies must carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a The judge has given the defense a couple weeks to file objections to the proposed ruling before he makes it final. California judges can reverse their
Meanwhile, in 1986, California adopted Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. The law requires businesses to include warnings on labels if their products contain chemicals that are known by the state of California to cause cancer. Since acrylamide is considered carcinogenic, the chemical is on that list. But the larger question remains: Is the amount of acrylamide people ingest drinking coffee really a significant threat to their health?
One of the criticisms of Proposition 65 is that the burden of proof falls on the companies that produce these products. Seeing as the scientific community at large has yet toon acrylamide, that’s a heck of a burden for coffee companies.
As a result, the judge in this case isn’t in an enviable position. According to, a “little-known not-for-profit group” called the Council for Education and Research on Toxics sued 90 coffee retailers, including Starbucks, calling for massive fines against those who failed to heed Proposition 65’s warning requirement. By the letter of the law, if these companies couldn’t prove that the acrylamide in their coffee doesn’t pose a risk, the judge would seemingly have to side with the plaintiff. In the end, that’s the route Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle took.
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Coffee sellers in California must warn customers about the chemical acrylamide, a state court rules . The judge in Los Angeles said Starbucks and about 90 other coffee sellers had failed to warn customers about a potentially toxic compound that is produced during the roasting process.
California ’s Proposition 65, also known as the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic This week Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle came down firmly in favor of the plaintiff, and wrote the The defense has a few weeks to submit objections before the tentative ruling is made final. Is it poetic justice that Starbucks may end up bearing the brunt of the coffee cancer warning sign lawsuit?
However, warnings don’t change the health impact of coffee. They simply raise awareness of a potential problem. Furthermore, a larger philosophical question exists as to whether posting cancer warnings on products that haven’t been shown to definitively cause cancer actually undermines these warnings in general. “Cancer warning labels on coffee would be misleading,” the National Coffee Association said in a statement. “The US government’s own Dietary Guidelines state that coffee can be part of a healthy lifestyle.”
The defendants have until April 10 to file objections to the decision, though thestated that these kinds of decision are “reversed rarely.”
Coffee Doesn’t Cause Cancer, Says California Health Risk Agency .
The state’s proposed carcinogen warning labels may be axed before they even begin Good news for coffee roasters and retailers doing business in the state of California: Coffee probably doesn’t cause cancer after all. Recently proposed regulations that would have required cancer warning labels for the caffeinated beverage could be tossed out. In March, a California court ruled in favor of a lawsuit from an environmental group, dating back to 2012, which argued that consumers ought to be made aware of a carcinogen called acrylamide that’s naturally produced during the coffee roasting process.