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California Judge Rules Coffee Must Have Cancer Warning

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle issued a proposed ruling this past Wednesday that coffee in California must carry a cancer warning. The toxin at issue is acrylamide, which is formed from the charring that occurs when coffee is roasted. Starbucks was prominently named in the lawsuit brought by the Council for Education and Research on Toxics, along with defendants 7-Eleven, Target and a total of approximately 90.

Prior to the ruling 7-Eleven had already settled for $900,000 in penalties and $355,000 in costs.

Scientists haven’t rendered a verdict on whether coffee is good or bad for you but a California judge has. He says coffee sellers in the state should have to post cancer warnings.

The culprit is a chemical produced in the bean roasting process that is a known carcinogen and has been at the heart of an eight-year legal struggle between a tiny nonprofit group and Big Coffee.

…Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said Wednesday that the coffee makers hadn’t presented the proper grounds at trial to prevail. — Fox 8 Cleveland

The judge will make his ruling final in a couple of weeks, after the defendants have had time to file their objections. It is possible, but statistically unlikely, to be reversed.

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