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California judge affirms ruling for coffee cancer warnings

/ 09:08 AM May 08, 2018

In this September 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. (AP File Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

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

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