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Prop 65: Alive and Well

California Judge Affirms Ruling for Prop 65 Cancer Warnings on Coffee

CoffeeNetwork (New York) – The court ruling from earlier last month that coffee sold in California must carry cancel warnings under proposition 65 was finalized yesterday.

Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle reemphasized that roasters and retailers in the coffee sector did not provide sufficient evidence that benefits from drinking coffee outweigh the risk of the acrylamide, a natural chemical found after the coffee is roasted.

This final ruling will allow the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) to finalize a permanent ruling on cancer warning on coffee labels.

Mediation is expected as coffee companies continue to fight back, but if no agreement is reached, it is possible companies will need to pay fines as high as 2,500 per person exposed each day since the suit was filed in 2010.

Alexis Rubinstein