Judge rules coffee sold in California requires cancer warning

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A California judge has ruled that consumers must be made aware that their coffee could cause cancer.

The New York Times reports that a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Council for Education and Research on Toxics claims Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and other coffee companies failed to warn consumers about acrylamide, a possible carcinogen produced when coffee beans are roasted.

According to CBS, previous studies have shown that animals given high levels of the chemical in drinking water developed multiple tumors, but research on the effects on humans are inconclusive.

Experts say the amount of acrylamide ingested in coffee is small compared to eating french fries and potato chips, or smoking tobacco.

Many studies have even found probable evidence that coffee consumption is associated with a decreased risk of cancer.

But because coffee companies failed to show that acrylamide posed no risk or added any health benefits, the judge ruled that coffee sold in California must carry a cancer warning label.

Medical experts say a blanket warning linking coffee to cancer could cause unnecessary panic among the general public, especially since there is not enough evidence to suggest that this is in fact the case.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Roasting coffee beans produces possible carcinogen acrylamide
2. High doses of Acrylamide caused multiple tumors in lab mice
3. Coffee contains only small doses of acrylamide compared to other sources
4. Cancer warning labels to be required on coffee sold in California

VOICEOVER (in English):

"A lawsuit filed by a nonprofit organization claims coffee companies failed to warn about acrylamide, a possible carcinogen produced when coffee beans are roasted."

"Previous studies have shown that animals given high levels of the chemical in drinking water developed multiple tumors, but research on the effects on humans are inconclusive."

"Experts say the amount of acrylamide ingested in coffee is small compared to eating french fries and potato chips, or smoking tobacco."

"But because coffee companies failed to show that acrylamide posed no risk or added any health benefits, the judge ruled that coffee sold in California must carry a cancer warning label."

SOURCES:
CBS, New York Times, Washington Post, American Cancer Society
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coffee-cancer-warning-science-acrylamide-risk/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/business/coffee-cancer-warning.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/03/29/coffee-must-carry-cancer-warning-california-judge-rules/?utm_term=.0c81156955a6
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/acrylamide.html