Coffee Shops May Have to Display Cancer Warnings

Coffee shops may have to display cancer warnings in California. If a lawsuit being judged by a California court goes to the successful way, Golden State stores that sell coffee will have to post labels about potential cancer-causing chemicals.

According to news reports, country’s coffee shops and coffee-selling gas stations may be forced warn customers that drinking a cup of joe can cause a cancer risk. The lawsuit may even order them to pay fines if they don’t warn customers that coffee contains acrylamide, a chemical that California labels as one “known to cause cancer.”


Around 13 companies, most recently 7-Eleven collaborated with the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) promised to add warnings of cancer risks to served coffee by following its 2010 lawsuit, according to a report. So it looks like the coffee shops will show cancer warnings with coffee.

But coffee companies claim that although coffee does contain an acrylamide chemical, their levels are not so high to increase the risk of cancer in people.

The major sources of acrylamide exposure are food and cigarette smoke. Their levels in food depend on the manufacturer, the cooking time, and the temperature and the method of the cooking process. The major sources include French fries and potato chips; breakfast cereals; prune juice; crackers, bread, and cookies; canned black olives; and coffee.

Metzger Law Group, which represents CERT, said, “CERT believes the best resolution of the case would be for the coffee industry to get the acrylamide out of coffee rather than giving acrylamide cancer hazard warnings.”



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