Coffee companies in California must carry a cancer warning label because of a chemical produced while beans roast, a California judge tentatively ruled Wednesday.
The decision was the result of a lawsuit filed in 2008 by a California-based nonprofit called the Council for Education and Research on Toxics.
The lawsuit targets Starbucks and dozens of other coffee purveyors under the state's
Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act
, which requires companies with more than 10 employees to warn their customers about the prevalence of carcinogenic and toxic chemicals in their products.
Acrylamide, a chemical compound that is produced naturally in the preparation of certain foods like the roasting of coffee beans, is on the
of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.