California coffee cancer warnings

California rules on Prop 65 coffee cancer warnings

The State of California has ruled to exempt coffee from Proposition 65 cancer warnings. Under Proposition 65, California law requires that products contain cancer warnings if they will expose consumers to chemicals that California health authorities have identified as causing cancer. Roasted coffee contains small amounts of the chemical acrylamide, leading Californian Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle to rule it must carry a cancer warning in May 2018.
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Califia Farm’s plant power

In 1980, Greg Steltenpohl bought a box of oranges and borrowed a couple of hundreds bucks to buy a hand squeezing machine so he could sell fresh orange juice out of a van around San Francisco. “That was my first taste of business entrepreneurialism in the beverage industry,” Greg describes.  The small start-up would one day form the basis of Odwalla, a multimillion-dollar US supplier of fresh juice and nourishing healthy beverages, which Greg founded. The brand, later purchased by Coca-Cola, remains one of the fastest growing beverage ranges in the company’s suite of products. “Odwalla was a huge education in the business world of beverages,” Greg says. “I built it from scratch into a medium-size business. We were a publicly-owned company for a while and it became one of the first natural food companies that broke out into American mainstream culture. I’m extremely proud of that.”
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Leo DiCaprio and Jared Leto invest in Califia Farms 

Celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Karlie Kloss and Shaun White have become offical stakeholders in plant-based beverage company Califia Farms, which secured more than US$50 million in funding on 31 July. The Californian-based company recently launched its range of ready-to-drink almond milk and cold brew coffee beverages in Australia, providing consumers with a healthy, plant-powered alternative to traditional beverages. The new investors comprise a group of actors, musicians, professional athletes and supermodel entrepreneurs who support the values of a plant-based lifestyle.
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California moves to clear coffee of cancer stigma

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), has proposed a regulation to clear coffee of its toxic stigma. The decision follows a review of more than 1000 studies published by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that found “inadequate evidence” that drinking coffee causes cancer.
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