Like cigarettes, coffee must be labelled with cancer warning
Having coffee will not be the same again for people living in California as the local government plans to require manufacturers to put a warning label on cups and brands saying that coffee carries a cancer-causing substance, just like the ones they put in cigarette packs.
A report showed that in a case filed against over 90 coffee sellers, a judge in Los Angeles ruled that the coffee industry failed to dodge the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, which requires companies to put warning labels on their products once the chemicals they used to make them reach certain amount.
This, because if the number of chemicals used in a product was too high, it can eventually lead to cancer or birth defects.
The list includes acrylamide, a known carcinogen that is a byproduct of the natural bean roasting process.
The legal battle began eight years ago when nonprofit group Council for Education and Research on Toxics demanded that the coffee industry eradicate acrylamide from its process.
The industry, led by Starbucks Corp., retorted that the level of the chemical does not warrant health alarms and any risks are outweighed by benefits.
Although the coffee sellers presented their case, the LA court judge said they “failed to satisfy their burden of proving … that consumption of coffee confers a benefit to human health”, the report further said.