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Starbucks Cancer Ruling


As a result of a lawsuit in California, coffee companies such as Starbucks will now have to label their beverages with cancer warning labels. The risk of cancer resulting from these drinks were first taken into account when the Council for Education and Research on Toxics noticed that Acrylamide, a by-product of coffee roasting process, could cause a risk of having cancer, if taken at high dosages. The chemical is very commonly found in coffees, and at large quantities, which many brands such as Starbucks sell. The group behind the lawsuit wants to penalize companies that put their customers’ health at risk. As of today there is no known way of making coffee without Acrylamide, and companies still argue that minute amounts of this substance which forms during production is totally harmless for human health.