Mar 29, 2018
By Michael Kramer
A Los Angeles judge has proposed that California law requires coffee companies – to put a cancer warning label on their product.
Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle says in a proposed decision – that Starbucks and other coffee companies failed to show the threat from a chemical compound produced in the coffee roasting process – was insignificant.
Coffee roasters, distributors and retailers had been sued – under a state law that requires warnings on a wide range of chemicals that can cause cancer. One is acrylamide – a carcinogen which is present in coffee.
The coffee industry had claimed the chemical was present at harmless levels and should be exempt from the law – because it results naturally from the cooking process to make the beans flavourful.
Proposed California judicial decisions can be reversed – but that rarely happens.