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June 6, 2019

WSJ Editorial Board: “Coffee Doesn’t Kill After All”

A new California regulation won’t require coffee makers to put cancer warnings on coffee products, which The Wall Street Journal editorial board called “good news.”

The board said the regulation “acknowledges the scientific consensus that coffee isn’t hazardous and may even be beneficial.” Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the labels, which California requires on any product containing certain chemicals and substances under its Proposition 65 law, “would be more likely to mislead consumers than to inform them.” A substance naturally produced during the roasting process is on California’s list, even though the World Health Organization said there is “no conclusive evidence” that drinking coffee causes cancer.

The board said Proposition 65 litigation equates to a “bilking” of businesses by lawyers. According to the editorial, more than 77 percent of the total amount of Proposition 65 settlements last year went to lawyers

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