California’s OEHHA is Moving to Prevent Cancer Warning on Coffee
The State of California is set to have a public hearing this week over a proposal that would declare coffee poses “no significant risk of cancer.”
The hearing in Sacramento may bring to an end the lengthy, statewide debate that began in Y 2010 when a nonprofit filed a lawsuit against coffee producers regarding a chemical in roasted coffee that has been found to elevate the risk of cancer in rodents.
Earlier this year, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle handed down a ruling that said all coffee served in California had to include a cancer warning.
Wednesday, the NY-T’s reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) retorted in June that evidence is scant in regards to coffee causing cancer.
Thursday, members of the public will have the opportunity to make their voices heard as California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) moves to pass a rule that says drinking coffee does not carry with it an elevated risk of getting cancer.
“OEHHA has determined that exposures to Proposition 65 listed chemicals in coffee that are produced as part of and inherent in the processes of roasting coffee beans and brewing coffee pose no significant risk of cancer,” the proposal reads. “The proposed regulation would clarify this determination.”
“There’s a danger to overwarning, it is important to warn about real health risks,” OEHHA deputy director for external and legislative affairs told the paper.
California’s Proposition 65 was passed in Y 1986 and mandates that products containing ingredients known to cause cancer carry a warning label. The Superior court’s ruling earlier this year would have put coffee into that category.
No matter what comes of this, always drink certified Organic coffee avoiding all pesticides used in the growing of non-organic beans.
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