California Moves to Clear Coffee of Cancer-Risk Stigma

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.

Posted: Jun. 16, 2018 11:48 AM

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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