Lawsuit against Coffee Shops Asking Cancer Warning Label with a Cup of Joe

Lawsuit against coffee shops has been filed that asks for a label of warning to be posted awakening their customers of an association between a chemical compound known acrylamide and cancer risk, says the latest news reports.

The chemical, acrylamide in coffee gets produced while roasting the coffee beans at very high temperatures. Non-profit organization, The Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) has been following a legal battle since 2010 in California, wanting several giant coffee brands, to disclose the risk warnings regarding exposure of acrylamide chemical in the coffee.


However, the companies including 7-Eleven and Starbucks are arguing that even if coffee contains that particular chemical with the carcinogen, it is not exposed in the cup with a certain level, which will be high enough to trigger the risks of cancer in those people who are fond of Joe.

But, the toxicology and cancer expert officials told that this is not a reason at all to stop having a beloved cup of Joe in the morning, while the lawsuit is working through its processes of investigation at California’s courts.

chiefof occupational and environmental medicine, Dr. Ken Spaeth from the Northwell Health in Great Neck, New York, explained that, “Acrylamide is one of the most commonly found contaminants in food. It is created when carbohydrates — starchy foods — are baked, fried, roasted or toasted. Relatively high concentrations of acrylamide can be found in everyday items such as coffee, bread and French fries.”

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