Starbucks and other coffee-brewing chains from the United States might be compelled to stick a cancer warning sign on their cups. A California judge recently ruled in favor of a US-based NGO who accused Starbucks, among others, of deliberately hiding valuable health information from its consumer. Should the company fail to file for an appeal, it may be ordered to pay $2,500 to every individual who consumed coffee since 2002.
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The recent lawsuit, which was presided by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle, targeted major US-based coffee brewers, Starbuck and 7-Eleven among others.
According to the court documents, the lawsuit was filed approximately eight years ago by a non-governmental organization who pointed out the large coffee brewers took advantage of legal breaches and deliberately absconded health information.
The highlight of the lawsuit was acrylamide, a well-known carcinogen which, according to the medical researchers, is a by-product of the brewing process. Starbucks and other company stood on trial for failing to provide their clients with this information.
During the trial, Elihu Berle commented on Starbucks defense calling it ‘scientifically unsound.’ According to court documents, Starbucks attorneys declared that an official evaluation of the company’s coffee-based products revealed that the incidence of cancer among consumers is one or two in ever 100,000.
Berle dismissed the arguments and ruled in favor of the NGO who filed the complaint. Thus, the trial will move to its third phase, when compensations are established.
Legal analysts declared that if the NGO wins the trial against Starbuck and other coffee producers, the companies will be liable to pay up to $2,500 to each customer who drank coffee-products since 2002 in addition to placing the cancer warning on their products.
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