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Coffee industry worried U.S. ruling on cancer warning may widen

From Reuters - April 16, 2018

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The head of the International Coffee Organization criticized a U.S. judges decision requiring cancer warnings on coffee sold in California by Starbucks and other retailers, expressing concern that the push for cancer labels may spread.

We strongly feel that its unjustified, ICO Executive Director Jose Sette said in an interview late on Friday aboutthe preliminary ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle.

The judges March 28 ruling found that Starbucks and other companies had failed to show there was no significant risk from acrylamide, a carcinogen produced in the coffee roasting process, court documents showed. [nL1N1RB2GF]

Starbucks, the worlds largest coffee shop chain, is one of more than a dozen defendants in the case. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A final decision in the case is not expected for several weeks, while other phases of the trial play out.

Sette, who spoke on the sidelines of an ICO conference held last week in Mexico City, said the coffee industry was concerned that other markets could follow the lead of California, the most populous U.S. state and often seen as a trend-setter.

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