How do you like your coffee? With cream, sugar, or... CANCER?

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"Under Proposition 65, cancer warnings appear on wide range of places and products"

If you have ever wondered whether your coffee addiction can actually cause you health problems down the line, a California judge certainly thinks the issue is important enough to warn consumers:

LOS ANGELES--Coffee in the state of California must carry a cancer warning, a judge here ruled, in a blow to Starbucks and other retailers which had argued that a state law meant to protect consumers shouldn't apply to them.

While the amount of carcinogens in a cup of coffee might not actually pose a real threat to consumers, Starbucks and other similar companies were unable to prove their case in court. This means that California's Proposition 65, a law that requires businesses to warn consumers about carcinogens in their products, still applies to them. Apparently, other products affected by the law include "potato chips, bread and french fries".

Some people are obviously not very happy about this decision. The National Coffee Association, an interest group that deals with the coffee industry, has expressed its concern:

"This lawsuit has made a mockery of Prop 65, has confused consumers, and does nothing to improve public health."

So...

Do you think having cancer labels on coffee would be misleading? Is it even a big deal?

Is this making you question your coffee addiction? Or are you brewing some coffee right after reading this?

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