LOS ANGELES (AP) - California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers of America's favorite beverage they can drink up without fear.
The proposal, announced Friday, contradicts a recent state court ruling that found coffee should carry warning labels because it contains a carcinogen created during the brewing process.
But the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment says a review of more than 1,000 studies published this week by the World Health Organization found inadequate evidence of coffee causing cancer.
If the regulation is adopted it would be a huge win for the coffee industry, which faced potentially massive civil penalties after losing a lawsuit over the issue.
A nonprofit successfully sued Starbucks and others to require the warnings.
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