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Published at 1:07 am ET March 30, 2018 | Updated 1:44 AM ET ET March 30, 2018
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Supreme Judge Elihu Berle said Wednesday that Starbucks and other companies had not proven that the benefits of drinking coffee are the risks exceeded He decided at an earlier stage of the procedure that the companies had not demonstrated the threat the chemical was insignificant.
The Council for Education and Research on Toxic, a nonprofit group, sued Starbucks and 90 other companies under a state l aw that requires warnings about a variety of chemicals that can cause cancer. One of them is the carcinogen acrylamide contained in coffee.
"The defendants have not fulfilled their burden of proof … the enjoyment of coffee is an asset to human health," Berle wrote in his proposal.
The coffee industry claimed The chemical was present in harmless quantities and should be exempted from the law as it naturally results from the cooking process that makes beans flavorful. It has also been argued that coffee is good for the body.
The decision came despite the concern expressed in recent years about the possible dangers of coffee, some studies found health benefits. The International Agency for Research on Cancer – the World Health Organization's Cancer Agency – canceled the coffee from its "possible carcinogen list" in 2016.
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The lawsuit was subordinated The Safe Drinking Water and Poison Act passed by the electorate in 1986. It allows individuals, stakeholders and lawyers to sue on behalf of the state and collect part of the civil penalties.
The law has been attributed to the reduction of chemicals that causes cancer and birth defects, such as lead in hair dyes, mercury in nasal sprays and arsenic in bottled water. But it is also often criticized for abuse by lawyers who shake businesses up for fast-moving businesses.
"Coffee has always been shown to be a healthy drink," said William Murray, President and CEO of the National Coffee Association in response to the decision. He argued that the lawsuit "does nothing to improve public health".
The lawsuit has been developing for eight years and is still not over. A third phase of the trial will impose civil penalties of up to $ 2,500 per person over eight years each day, an astronomical figure in a $ 40 million state that seems unlikely.
Lawyer Raphael Metzger, who has filed the lawsuit, drinks a few cups of coffee every day and wants the industry to remove the chemical from the process. Coffee companies have said that is not feasible.
"Getting it out is better for public health than letting it in and warning people"
Metzger's client brought a similar case, which was later overtaken by the prosecutor. This resulted in potato chip manufacturers willing to commit $ 3 million in 2008 Pay US dollars and remove acrylamide from their products.
The chipmakers decided to use such alerts as found throughout California and largely ignored.
Car parks have signs that warn of chemical hazards that can cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm. They find that carbon monoxide and gas and diesel exhaust are present and that people should not stay longer than necessary.
Many coffee companies have already warned that acrylamide is contained in coffee. However, many are located in places that are not easy to see, such as under the counters where cream and sugar are available.
The judge has given the defense a few weeks to file an objection to the proposed decision before finalizing it. California judges can retract their preliminary decisions, but rarely do so.
About a dozen of the defendants in this case have already settled down and agree to publish warnings, Metzger said. There are about 50 defendants left with some defendants who are fired or associated with larger companies.
Among the last to settle was 7-Eleven, who was willing to pay $ 900,000. BP West Coast Products, operator of gas stations, paid $ 675,000.
Even in Starbucks stores where the labels are, many coffee drinkers do not know about it.
Afternoon coffee drinker in a Los Angeles store said they could look into the warning or drink a cup of coffee, but the mug of Joe would probably prevail.
"I do not think it would stop me," said Jen Bitterman, a digital marketing technologist. "I love the taste, I love the ritual, I love the high, the energy, and I think I'm addicted to it."
Darlington Ibekwe, a lawyer in Los Angeles, said a cancer warning would be annoying would not stop him from treating himself to three lats a week.
"It's like cigarettes, how, damn, now I have to see that?" He said. "Dude, I enjoy my coffee."
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