Last week, a judge in California ruled that coffee companies must now warn consumers of the potential cancer risks by drinking coffee. It is not coffee itself that causes the cancer but the chemical, acrylamide, created when coffee beans are roasted. The ruling was brought on by a nonprofit, the Council for Education and Research on Toxins (CERT), who argued that some 90 coffee houses had failed to give customers a "clear and reasonable warning" about compounds that may pose a cancer risk.
According to cancer.org, acrylamide is, “a chemical used mainly in certain industrial processes, such as in making paper, dyes, and plastics, and in treating drinking water and wastewater. There are small amounts in some consumer products, such as caulk, food packaging, and some adhesives. Acrylamide is also found in cigarette smoke.”
“Coffee has been shown, over and over again, to be a healthy beverage,” said William Murray, President & CEO of the National Coffee Association (NCA) in a statement, in response to the recent verdict. “This lawsuit has made a mockery of Prop 65, has confused consumers, and does nothing to improve public health.”
This may not be a concern considering coffee has shown to produce many health benefits like helping prevent premature death, reducing mortality, protecting against cirrhosis, reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis, and protecting against colorectal cancer.
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