FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, a barista pours steamed milk in a coffee at a cafe in Los Angeles. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle has ruled that California law requires coffee companies to carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process. Judge Berle wrote in a proposed ruling Wednesday, March 28, 2018, that Starbucks and other coffee companies failed to show that the threat from a chemical compound produced in the roasting process was insignificant. At the center of the dispute is acrylamide, a carcinogen found in many cooked foods, that is produced during the roasting process. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
California judge affirms ruling for coffee cancer warnings
Associated Press / 09:08 AM May 08, 2018
LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge has issued a final ruling requiring coffee to carry cancer warning labels in California.
Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle issued his decision on Monday that Starbucks and other coffee companies failed to show that benefits from drinking coffee outweighed any risks.
The ruling mirrors Berle’s tentative decision issued in March that was expected to stand.
A nonprofit group sued coffee roasters, distributors, and retailers under a state law requiring warnings on chemicals that can cause cancer. One is acrylamide, a carcinogen 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 flavorful. They also pointed to health benefits associated with the brew. /kga