California May Issue Coffee Cancer Warning

A lawsuit first filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2010 by the nonprofit Council for Education and Research on Toxics targets several companies that make or sell coffee, including 7-Eleven, Starbucks, and BP. The suit alleges that the defendants “failed to provide clear and reasonable warning” that drinking coffee could expose people to acrylamide. Acrylamide, is created when coffee beans are roasted.

The court documents state that, under the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Proposition 65, businesses must give customers a “clear and reasonable warning” about the presence of agents that affect health; but, they have failed to do so.

There is strong possibility that the State of California might forced coffee shops to warn customers about a possible cancer risk. The state already have acrylamide on a list of chemicals it considers possible causes of cancer.

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