A Los Angeles judge has ruled that Starbucks and other coffee companies must put a cancer warning label on coffee products sold in California.
Court Judge Elihu Berle said that coffee companies had failed to show that drinkers were exposed to a dangerous chemical compound produced when roasting coffee.
Starbucks and some 90 other coffee companies have until 10 April to file objections.
Officials from Starbucks and other coffee sellers such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Peet’s did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The court battle has been going on for 8 years after Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) first sued Starbucks and other companies in 2010. They claimed that these companies failed to warn drinkers that the coffee they sold contained high levels of acrylamide, a toxic chemical.
At this stage, the law does not cover New Zealand.