Foreign Affairs
USA – coffee may begin to be sold with a cancer warning label

In California, USA, there is a possibility that as from henceforth coffee may be sold with a warning about the possibility of cancer.

According to the Council for Education and Research on Toxics, the chemical acrylamide is found in coffee and this may cause cancer.

The chemical is created when coffee beans are roasted.

In 2010, the Council for Education and Research on Toxics arraigned various companies dealing in coffee, as well as outlets such as Starbucks, for selling coffee without warning of its dangers.

Many of the companies agreed to start warning customers of this risk.

However, there is also another side to the story because a number of studies have highlighted the health benefits of coffee with studies confirming it reduces chances of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, skin and prostate cancer.

Yet, most recent studies have highlighted the presence of acrylamide and its toxicity to humans, a chemical that is also found in bread, cereals, cigarettes, canned black olives and cookies.

According to a Council official, Raphael Metzger, the country is facing a cancer epidemic because of the type of food being consumed.