California SCRAPS cancer warnings on coffee: State regulator declares there is no evidence of a link

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Coffee will no longer come with cancer warnings in California, the state ruled on Friday.

Last March, a court ruled that all cafes had to warn customers that their espresso contains carcinogens.

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Today, after a years-long debate about how significant the risk is, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has scrapped the rule.

Officials found the heating of coffee does produce a chemical that has an association with carcinogens, but no direct link, and at such low levels that it does not pose a clear risk.

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The ruling that approved cancer warning labels, last March, was the climax of a years-long campaign by the nonprofit Council for Education and Research on Toxics.

The group filed lawsuits against just shy of 100 cafes and coffee chains, citing evidence that chemicals in the drink are carcinogenic.

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Coffee contains acrylamide, which has been recognized in California as a carcinogen since the 1990s.

Under Proposition 65, the state has to warn everyone about every item that contains a chemical on that list - whether there is a causal link between the two or not.

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However, the OEHHA found the levels of acrylamide in...
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