Ahead of a public hearing on court-imposed cancer warning labels on coffee products, the state of California has proposed a rule that would keep the warning labels off, the New York Times reports.
The proposed rule comes after a March court ruling that said under the state’s Proposition 65 law, coffee must have cancer warning labels because of a substance that is naturally formed during the roasting process. Now, though, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposal would stop the labels because a substance that is “produced as part of and inherent in the processes of roasting coffee beans and brewing coffee pose no significant risk of cancer.” The rule will be the subject of a public hearing tomorrow.
This case has opened a new debate over Proposition 65. The deputy director of the OEHHA said there is “a danger to overwarning.” A defense attorney and Columbia Law School lecturer said the law has created “a cottage industry of lawyers roaming around looking for violators.”