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California court's narrow Prop 65 coffee ruling should not be misinterpreted


Press coverage of the recent, high-profile preliminary decision in Council for Education and Research on Toxics v. Starbucks Corp. et al., BC435759 may prompt readers to a simple, erroneous conclusion: "coffee causes cancer." In reality, the court made no such finding, and while, if the decision stands, its practical impact could be big for coffee makers, a careful understanding of the narrow basis of the ruling is important for coffee consumers, and for all manner of product-based companies doing business in California.


This case study examines the decision.