(Reuters) – Starbucks Corp. (19459004] SBUX.O ) and other coffee companies have to put a cancer warning sign on coffee products being sold in California, a judge in Los Angeles judged.
Elihu Supreme Court judge Berle said in a proposed decision on Wednesday that Starbucks and other companies did not show that the threat of a chemical compound produced while roasting coffee was insignificant, court documents showed.
Starbucks and other plaintiffs in this case have until 10 April to file objections.
Officials of Starbucks Corp. ( SBUX.O ), McDonald's Corp. ( MCD.N ), Dunkin 'Donuts ( DNKN.O ) and Peets did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The California-based Education and Research Council on Toxicides sued Starbucks and other companies for court cases, which they did not accuse consumers of for selling coffee containing high levels of acrylamide, a toxic and carcinogenic chemical.
Reporting by Nate Raymond; additional reporting by Lisa Baertlein; Arrangement of G Crosse and Tom Brown