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Thu Aug 16, 2018, 10:30 PM

After coffee brewhaha, CA fears cancer warnings have gone seriously wrong

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After coffee brewhaha, CA fears cancer warnings have “gone seriously wrong”

After a judge ruled in March that coffee should be served with jolting labels that alert drinkers to a cancer risk, the state of California seems to have woken up to the concern that its pervasive health warnings may have gone too far.

“There’s a danger to overwarning—it’s important to warn about real health risks,” Sam Delson told The New York Times.

Delson is the deputy director for external and legislative affairs for California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. The office proposed a regulation shortly after a March ruling that would unequivocally declare that any cancer-linked components of roasted and brewed coffee “pose no significant risk of cancer.” Today, August 16, the proposed regulation is getting a public hearing in Sacramento.

If the regulation is adopted, it’s expected to nullify the warning on Californians’ sacred morning brews. It’s also expected to water-down the controversial law known as Proposition 65 that led to the warning—and scores of others.

Proposition 65 was adopted in 1986 as a means to protect residents from exposure to chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm, particularly those that may taint drinking water. Under the law, businesses are prohibited from discharging significant amounts of such chemicals into sources of drinking water. It also requires that businesses notify consumers of exposures to such chemicals via any products.

In the years since its adoption, the list of chemicals under Prop 65 has ballooned to more than 900. And the rule has led to a frenzy of warnings, lawsuits, and pricey settlements. As the Times points out, products as far-ranging as tooth fillings, cereals, flip-flops, toilet paper, couch cushions, cosmetics, frozen oysters, headphones, kombucha, and even beloved chocolate have faced Prop 65 compliance. There are sites in Disneyland that bear Prop 65 warning signs. Last year, nearly 700 Prop 65 cases settled, leading to payouts totaling $25.8 million.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/after-coffee-brewhaha-ca-fears-cancer-warnings-have-gone-seriously-wrong/?amp=1

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2018, 10:45 PM

1. Is it true that all the roads to California are paved with good intentions?...

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Response to Gamle-ged (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 17, 2018, 02:27 PM

2. I heard they are paved with

POOP!

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Sun Sep 9, 2018, 07:28 PM

3. Didn't California list saliva as a source of cancer?

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