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2112, 29 Mar 18

California Judge Mandates that Coffee Carries Cancer Warning

One has to wonder if such a warning will deter a single coffee drinker from drinking coffee. And if not, then what’s the point?

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California law requires coffee companies to carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process.

Elihu Berle, a superior court judge, wrote in a proposed ruling on Wednesday that Starbucks and other coffee companies failed to show that the threat from a chemical compound produced in the roasting process was insignificant.

A not-for-profit group had sued coffee roasters, distributors and retailers under a state law that requires warnings on a wide range of chemicals that can cause cancer. One of those chemicals is acrylamide, a carcinogen present in coffee.


2112, 29 March 2018


  1. MjM

    Owen asks: …then what’s the point?

    Oh,  that’s easy:   Ca$h.  Boat loads of it.

    These are the same ambulance chasers that sued McD’s and Burger King in 2002 over french fries.

    Last year alone [2012],  Wall Street Journal reports that $25.6 million in cash and prizes were handed out in 681 settlements. Lawyers took home 75% of it.

  2. kjanz1899

    Another reason to stay away from California.

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