Top Cancer Doc Disputes Coffee Risk In Starbucks Trial

By Daniel Siegal (September 11, 2014, 9:34 PM EDT) -- Starbucks Corp. and other coffee companies Thursday called a former group head of the International Agency for Research on Cancer to the stand in a California trial to rebut a nonprofit's claim that Starbucks coffee must bear Proposition 65 warning labels because it contains an IARC-listed carcinogen.

Thursday was the fourth day of the bench trial that will see Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle rule on three affirmative defenses asserted by Starbucks, Green Mountain Coffee Co., Kraft Foods Group Inc.'s Maxwell House and J.M. Smucker Co.'s Folger's to the suit brought by the Council for Education and Research...

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