Jun 4, 2019

California says chemicals in coffee aren't a significant cancer risk

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California will no longer require a cancer warning on coffee, after an exception based on a finding from California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment was finalized on Monday.

Catch up quick: Last year, a California judge ruled that coffee in the state had to carry a cancer warning label — based on a 2010 lawsuit. Now California has determined that coffee does not contain enough acrylamide, a chemical produced when coffee is roasted, to be listed with a cancer warning under Proposition 65. Coffee's exemption to Proposition 65 will go into effect Oct. 1.

Context: The World Health Organization found "inadequate evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, based on a review of more than 1,000 studies" in 2018, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Editor's note: The headline has been corrected to delete the claim that a California judge had ruled that chemicals in coffee aren't a significant risk.

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Economists were projecting that May's jobs figures would show a loss of 8 million jobs and an unemployment rate approaching 20% — Great Depression territory.

The state of play: Instead, a record 2.5 million workers were added, and unemployment fell to 13.3% from April's post-World War II high of 14.7%.

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Trump's week of viral quicksand

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Stories about President Trump's photo op at St. John's church after peaceful protesters were forcefully cleared from the area averaged the most online attention of any issue about the president this week.

Why it matters: Trump's force-over-compassion approach to the demonstrators protesting the murder of George Floyd had Republican allies backpedaling to keep a distance — and led to a wave of condemnations that got plenty of online traction on their own.