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Carcinogens in Coffee Now Require a Warning to Consumers

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Starbucks is just one of the affected companies in the suit.

Starbucks is just one of the affected companies in the suit.

Starbucks is just one of the affected companies in the suit.

Gray Wasson, Writer

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After an eight-year battle between coffee distributors and a non-profit organization, a California judge has reached a conclusion: coffee companies such as Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts will now have to provide a warning to consumers about small amounts of carcinogens existing in their coffee.

These potentially cancer-causing chemicals are produced through the process of roasting beans for the coffee. Although coffee was removed from the World Health Organization’s possible carcinogen list, that did not end the controversy as the legal struggle persisted.

Coffee companies in the case were aware of carcinogens in their coffee, but because of the low levels they had always explained that the pros outweigh the cons. Now, the suit against the companies could mean millions of dollars in fines, but the trial is still not over. In order for the fines to be implicated, there must be proof that the coffee is an actual threat to the public.

If organizations are able to provide the evidence they need, then the effects could be devastating for the companies. This is because fines would have to be paid up to $2,500 per every costumer who has purchased from the companies since 2002.

Starbucks and the 90 other companies affected have until April 10 to make any objections but as of now they are all staying silent, solely depending on the idea that the non-profit will not gather the information and proof that they need.

Even if the lawsuit fails, there may still be affects on coffee companies’ business as the new idea that coffee could potentially cause cancer may lower demand for the product.

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