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Coffee sold in California will be required to have cancer warning, judge rules

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MILAN – A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California law requires coffee companies to carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle wrote in a tentative decision this week that Starbucks and other companies failed to prove their case that a chemical found in coffee posed no significant harm.

Berle said in the ruling the companies “did not offer substantial evidence to quantify any minimum amount of acrylamide in coffee that might be necessary to reduce microbial contamination or render coffee palatable.

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