ANGELES (KABC) --
A judge ruled that Starbucks and other coffee sellers in California must
provide a cancer warning on their products for customers.
A nonprofit group sued several companies that sell coffee, including
Starbucks, coffee distributors and retailers in 2010.
The lawsuit claimed those companies violated state law, which requires
them to warn consumers about chemicals in the roasting process that may
cause cancer. One of those chemicals is acrylamide, which is a
Attorneys for about 90 companies said the chemical is present in the
process, but that it's at harmless levels and is outweighed by the
benefits of drinking a cup of coffee.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said in a proposed decision
that Starbucks and other coffee companies failed to show the threat from
that chemical compound was insignificant.
Associated Press contributed to this report.