California Ends Warning Over Coffee and Cancer

TUESDAY, June 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has ruled that coffee does not pose a significant cancer risk, so customers don't have to be warned that their favorite drink is dangerous.

The decision overturns a judge's order that companies like Starbucks have to add a cancer warning to its coffee, the Associated Press, reports.

"Coffee is a complex mixture of hundreds of chemicals that includes both carcinogens and anti-carcinogens," Sam Delson, a spokesman for the agency told the AP. "The overall effect of coffee consumption is not associated with any significant cancer risk."

A California law mandates that consumers be warned of chemicals that can cause cancer, one such chemical is acrylamide, which is found in coffee.

A Los Angeles judge ruled that because coffee contains the chemical it must be listed as a possible carcinogen.

"This is a great day for science and coffee lovers," William Murray, president and chief executive of the National Coffee Association USA, told the AP. "With this news, coffee drinkers around the world can wake up and enjoy the smell and taste of their coffee without hesitation."

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