California lifts ban on coffee labelling
Imagine how it must feel to grab your coffee and with it comes a warning that it may cause cancer?
Well since March 2018 the residents of California have been living with this situation, but no more as the state regulator declares that there is no evidence of a link between drinking espresso coffee and the disease. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has scrapped the ruling that saw all outlets having to say that coffee could be harmful in large quantities.
The new ruling comes following the filing of a lawsuit by the nonprofit Council for Education and Research on Toxics against nearly 100 cafes and coffee chains.
The reason behind the confrontation is that coffee contains acrylamide, which has since the 1990’s been deemed by California lawmakers as carcinogenic. The OEHHA, however, found that the levels of the substance in coffee is at such minuscule levels as to pose no risk. In fact fried chips and toast contain more.
In fact, many leading scientists advocate coffee as part of a healthy diet as the drink contains many substances that have health giving properties, particularly for uterine and liver cancers. One such organisation is the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which backed the latest moves to remove the warnings on coffee from California cafe’s and coffee chains.