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With a newly required cancer warning label, we discuss if coffee is safe to drink




This picture taken on October 7, 2017 shows roasted coffee beans in a traditonal Acehnese way at a factory in Banda Aceh.
This picture taken on October 7, 2017 shows roasted coffee beans in a traditonal Acehnese way at a factory in Banda Aceh.
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A judge in California decided last week that coffee roasters, retailers and distributors should put a cancer warning label on coffee.

Proposition 65 requires businesses to warn customers about significant amounts of chemicals in the products that they purchase. But many public health experts don’t see the court’s decision  necessary. Arguing that coffee, if anything, is an antioxidant that is protective against many kinds of cancers.

We explore the benefits and harms of coffee, particularly, acrylamide, a byproduct of the coffee roasting process.

Guest:

Mariana Carla Stern, USC professor of research preventive medicine and urology; she is the Director for the Molecular Epidemiology Program at USC; her overall research interest focuses on diet and cancer