A single judge just gave California coffee sellers a huge headache

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In the damming lawsuit, it said the companies were violating California law by not warning consumers of chemicals in their products which could cause cancer.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said Starbucks and other companies had failed to show there was no significant risk from a carcinogen produced in the coffee roasting process.

Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) and other coffee sellers must put a cancer warning on coffee sold in California, a Los Angeles judge has ruled, possibly exposing the companies to millions of dollars in fines.

The defendants, which include Starbucks and 90 other companies, have a few weeks to challenge the ruling before it is final. One of the chemicals present in coffee - acrylamide - is a carcinogen.

The coffee industry had claimed the chemical was present at harmless levels and should be exempt from the law because it results naturally from the cooking process necessary to make the beans flavorful. And past year, research involving half a million people in Europe showed that three cups of coffee per day may be good for people.

"Since defendants failed to prove that coffee confers any human health benefits, defendants have failed to satisfy their burden of proving that sound considerations of public health support an alternate risk level for acrylamide in coffee", the judge wrote.

Scientific evidence on coffee has gone back and forth for a long time, but concerns have eased recently about possible dangers of coffee, with some studies finding health benefits.

While there is no firm evidence on whether coffee is good or bad for you, the World Health Organization removed coffee from its "possible carcinogen" list in 2016, the AP reported.

It declined to comment, referring reporters to a statement by the National Coffee Association (NCA). Past studies have linked the chemical to the formation of tumors in animals, leading scientists to deduce it could possibly lead to cancer in humans.

And while no one's arguing that coffee doesn't contain acrylamide, it's disputed as to whether the chemical actually poses a cancer risk to humans.

Coffee has been much studied over the years, and research has shown that it provides several health benefits, including lowering your risk of early death.

Many coffee companies have already agreed to post warnings about acrylamide. There is not enough evidence to ascertain the relationship between coffee and dozens of other types of cancer. Another phase of the case is still pending to determine if companies should be forced to pay financial damages.

The chemical is present in high levels in brewed coffee, according to reports.

Customers at shops that post warnings are often unaware or unconcerned about them. "I think you'd have to be ingesting an insane amount to have any ill effects from it", said Cara Lincoln, 32, of Greensburg.

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, better known as California's Proposition 65, the same provision that condemned the coffee industry, insists that signs warning residents about the risk of cancer should be placed everywhere.

Darlington Ibekwe, a lawyer in Los Angeles, said a cancer warning would be annoying but wouldn't stop him from treating himself to three lattes a week.

"I'm going to die someday; it may as well be from good coffee".

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