Californians will now get their coffee with a cancer warning. A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has ruled that Starbucks and several other large companies failed to prove that a chemical produced in the roasting process was harmless.
A California law requires businesses to warn consumers if a product contains a chemical linked to cancer. In this case, it's one called acrylamide. California businesses that serve coffee will now have to provide clear warnings that acrylamide is linked to cancer.
If you love your coffee, don’t panic – acrylamide is only considered as potentially dangerous when consumed in large quantities, but it's in many foods we consume (and can't be removed from coffee). And by the way? The International Agency for Research on Cancer — the cancer agency of the World Health Organization — moved coffee OFF its “possible carcinogen” list in 2016.
Source: Associated Press