The secretive nonprofit that made millions suing companies over cancer warnings

A black-and-white warning sign sits next to straws on a counter.

Enlarge / SAN FRANCISCO,
CA – MAY 18, 2013: A sign in a Starbucks coffee shop warns
customers that coffee and baked goods sold at the shop and
elsewhere contain acrylamide, a chemical known to cause cancer and
reproductive toxicity. (credit:
Getty ImagesRobert Alexander
)

Coffee is now officially
free of cancer warnings
in California. But the secretive
organization that first brewed the legal dispute over the beloved
beverage vows to keep fighting.

On Monday, June 3, state
officials finally approved
a new regulation declaring that
coffee poses no significant risk of cancer, thus exempting it from
having to carry cancer warnings. The regulatory move follows
lengthy lawsuits from a little-known nonprofit called the Council
for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT).

Back in 2010, CERT sued around 90 coffee roasters and brewers,
including Starbucks, Folgers, and other big names, claiming that
coffee poses cancer risks. That’s despite the fact that no
conclusive scientific evidence supports the claim and some data
contradict it. Nevertheless, in its legal filings, CERT argued that
every cup of joe should be served with cancer warnings, as required
by California’s controversial health law, Proposition 65.

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The secretive nonprofit that made millions suing companies over cancer warnings