California agency rejects Prop 65, sets aside ruling requiring that coffee carry a cancer warning

| | June 21, 2018
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On [June 15th], the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposed a regulation that would exempt coffee from requiring a carcinogen warning under Proposition 65 despite its acrylamide content, the AP reports. The proposed regulation comes in the wake of a new review of more than 1,000 studies, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), that found inadequate evidence that coffee causes cancer, as reported by the AP.

“The proposed regulation would state that drinking coffee does not pose a significant cancer risk, despite the presence of chemicals created during the roasting and brewing process that are listed under Proposition 65 as known carcinogens,” the agency said in a statement obtained by the AP. “The proposed regulation is based on extensive scientific evidence that drinking coffee has not been shown to increase the risk of cancer and may reduce the risk of some types of cancer.”

If this regulation is approved (the timeline is unclear at this stage), coffee companies involved in the ongoing court case Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) v. Starbucks Corp. et al. could avoid having to post Prop 65 warnings as well as possible financial penalties.

Read full, original article: How Worried Do You Need to Be About Those Cancer Warnings for Your Coffee?

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