Starbucks Denies Coffee Cancer Risk As Prop 65 Trial Opens

By Daniel Siegal (September 8, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT) -- Starbucks Corp. denied that its coffee poses a cancer risk as a California bench trial opened Monday in a nonprofit's bid to have Starbucks coffee labeled as containing a carcinogen under Proposition 65, telling a judge that studies show the levels of the carcinogen acrylamide in its coffee are harmless.

The bench trial will see Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle rule on Starbucks' three affirmative defenses against the Council for Education and Research on Toxics' suit, which contends Starbucks' coffee contains enough acrylamide, a known carcinogen, to cause cancer in consumers. CERT alleges Starbucks violated California's Proposition 65,...

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