Coffee Cancer Trial Against Starbucks, Others Begins To Brew

Law360, Los Angeles (September 5, 2017, 11:34 PM EDT) -- A California trial over whether Starbucks and other coffee sellers should warn consumers about low levels of a carcinogen in their brews kicked off Tuesday with the companies saying the chemical is a low-risk byproduct of coffee roasting and a nonprofit arguing that no exemption to a state notification law is warranted.

Tuesday's opening statements stem from litigation filed seven years ago by the Council for Education and Research on Toxics alleging the coffee sellers were violating a state law, Proposition 65, that requires businesses to provide a clear warning when they expose individuals to a chemical that causes cancer —...

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