CA judge says Starbucks cups must warn of cancer danger

CA judge says Starbucks cups must warn of cancer danger

A California judge has just ruled that Starbucks, and all other coffee sellers must include cancer warnings on coffee sold in California.

California’s Proposition 65 prohibits businesses from knowingly and intentionally exposing California consumers to a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm without first providing a warning.

In the case involving coffee, acrylamide is the chemical in the middle of the battle. The lawsuit was filed against Starbucks and nearly 100 other coffee manufacturer and retailer defendants. Today’s decision comes after an eight year legal fight.

Acrylamide is formed in the thermal processing of coffee. Defendants argue there is no increased risk of any chronic diseases, including cancer, associated with coffee consumption. In fact, defendants contend there is strong evidence that drinking coffee is associated with a decreased risk of several major chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, liver disease, liver cancer and endometrial cancer.