Coffee cancer warning labels may soon be required at shops in California as a lawsuit by a nonprofit group reaches its end.
The Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) filed the suit against companies such as Starbucks, 7-Eleven, and BP in 2010, claiming that coffee contains acrylamide, which has been shown to cause cancer in rats.
Thirteen companies named in the suit have reportedly settled with CERT and agreed to post the cancer warnings, CNN reported. 7-Eleven was the most recent company to settle.
Other companies may still need to post warnings if they don’t settle the suit in a final mediation session on Feb. 8 and the judge rules they violated state laws by not notifying consumers about the carcinogen in coffee.
During a trial last fall, the coffee-serving companies argued that acrylamide levels in coffee are too low to constitute a risk and that drinking coffee has been associated with lowered risks for many diseases in recent studies, including some forms of cancer.
The studies about acrylamide used amounts 1,000 to 100,000 times higher than people would get through their diet, Business Insider reported. Acrylamide also is formed at low levels through the cooking of potatoes, biscuits, and other plant-based foods.
Industrial accidents have shown exposure to large amounts of acrylamide is harmful to people, but the amounts in coffee and foods are much lower and generally thought to be safe.
Twitter users were skeptical of this latest allegation about coffee.
People in California live on a frigging fault line and are worried about getting cancer from coffee….dude. pic.twitter.com/Ciw71Gr3bI
— Dashie (@DMDash71) January 31, 2018
Shocking that a state run by Governor Moonbeam would think up something like this https://t.co/WxEEeXHRsA
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) January 25, 2018
In California cancer warning on coffee but marijuana is all good! https://t.co/TPU35tDSVi
— alaphiah (@alaphiah) January 31, 2018
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