California Coffee Must Come With Cancer Warning

Lynn Cook
April 3, 2018

And because of that, coffee sellers (including 7-Eleven) have just agreed to put the cancer warning sign on their coffee.

Consuming too much coffee can cause heart palpitations, increased blood pressure and an increased heart rate, Yan said.

Is this some only wacky California law?

"I can understand the logic of the judge, by going by the book". If you look hard enough anything will kill you or cause cancer.

And a 2018 meta-analysis found that drinking four cups of coffee per day was associated with a lowerrisk of postmenopausal breast cancer.

But coffee companies have said it's not feasible to remove acrylamide without ruining coffee's flavor.

The defense argued that acrylamide wouldn't cause cancer for one or more cases for every 100,000 people, but Berle said that risk was not evaluated properly.

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"I think you'd have to be ingesting an insane amount to have any ill effects from it", said Cara Lincoln, 32, of Greensburg.

"Reducing coffee or French fries to their acrylamide content isn't how we study diet and nutrition".

"At the minimum, coffee is neutral".

"Defendants failed to satisfy their burden of proving ... that consumption of coffee confers a benefit to human health", the judge wrote in his proposed ruling, USA Today noted.

Starbucks and other coffee companies had tried to argue that acrylamide was present in such low levels that it posed no threat to health. The suit urges that the companies be slapped with fines as large as $2,500 for each time a consumer was exposed to acrylamide without being warned, which could have massive consequences in populous California. Frying, roasting, broiling and baking certain foods are more likely to create acrylamide, while steaming, boiling or microwaving are less likely to do so.

The decision came despite this fact that World Health Organization removed coffee from its carcinogenic products and this ruling stipulates that the coffee you buy from vendors such as Starbucks could be carcinogenic thus, they should place cancer warnings on the coffee cups they sell. Starbucks insisted that the level of acrylamide in the coffee isn't harmful and any risks are outweighed by coffee's health benefits.

Some coffee drinkers say they would welcome the warning.

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More than 90 coffee roasters, retailers and distributors, including Starbucks, Whole Foods, Kraft and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, stand to be affected by the decision.

"Coffee has been shown, over and over again, to be a healthy beverage.This lawsuit has made a mockery of Prop 65, has confused consumers, and does nothing to improve public health".

But Judge Berle found those counter-arguments insufficient to justify exempting them from the labeling ban.

The group said it is considering all options, including appealing the order.

"The breadth of the statute requires a proliferation of warning that results in the public not being warned because there are so many without specificity that they're essentially broadly disregarded, " said attorney Jim Colopy, who has defended manufacturers and distributors in similar lawsuits. A law was passed that makes coffee brands put a warning on their packaging.

Chris Kominski, 35, of Brackenridge, said his near-daily stops at Dunkin Donuts in Tarentum - where he said he always gets a piping-hot black coffee, even in the middle of summer - will continue even if it turns out that coffee might have carcinogenic properties.

Nobody was debating whether acrylamide is found in coffee. So is coffee truly bad for us or not?

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