While the debate regarding the health benefits and dangers of coffee continues, a California judge recently made up his mind. His final verdict is that all coffee sellers in the state should put cancer warnings on the coffee. According to him, this is all because of a dangerous chemical that is produced in the bean roasting process. It is a famous carcinogen and it has been the reason why this debate is still going. Also, it was in the middle of an 8-year legal battle between Big Coffee and a small, nonprofit group.
Initially, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics wanted that chemical, called acrylamide, removed from the coffee processing. This was similar to how potato chip makers did when it sued them a few years ago too. The other option was to disclose the presence of that chemical and the dangers it poses in labels or warning signs. The entire industry, which has Starbucks Corp. as a leader, said that the level of that chemical in coffee is very small and not harmful at all for consumers. Also, that the benefits of coffee far outweigh the risks coming from acrylamide.
Coffee should come with cancer warning, judge thinks
Now, on Wednesday, California Judge Elihu Berle said that the coffee makers failed to present the proper grounds at the trial to win the case. In his ruling, Berle wrote that the plaintiff presented evidence that coffee consumption harms infants, fetuses, children and adults. However, the defendant’s experts did not present any opinions on causation.
Actually, a 1986 controversial California law made this legal battle possible. This suit was brought against Starbucks and 90 other companies under it. According to this law, cancer-causing chemicals should be cut from myriad products. The debate regarding the health benefits and dangers of coffee consumption has been going on for years, with no clear end. Time will tell what is going to happen in this legal battle too.
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