>> That morning cup of coffee, you know, the one you need to start your day, will now come with an ominous cancer warning, at least in California. An L.A. judge has ruled that Starbucks and other coffee sellers, must put a cancer warning on all the coffee they sell in the state.
>> Maybe just two expressors every other day instead of four to six.>> The ruling comes after a tiny nonprofit group sued some 90 coffee retailers back in 2010, including Starbucks. On grounds they were violating a California law requiring companies to warn consumers of chemicals in their products, that could cause cancer.
One of those chemicals is acrylamide, a by product of roasting coffee beans that is present in high levels in brewed coffee.>> That's the major reason coffee turns brown.>> The lawsuit calls for fines as large as $2,500 per person, for every exposure to the chemical since 2002, at the defendant's shops in California.
Those penalties will be decided in the third phase of the trial, and could be huge in California, which has a population of nearly 40 million. Starbucks and other defendants have until April 10th to file objections to the decision. Starbucks declined to comment, referring reporters to a statement by the National Coffee Association, that said that the industry was considering an appeal and further legal actions.