Starbucks and other coffee vendors must carry cancer warnings in California, a Los Angeles judge has ruled. The companies have less than a fortnight to challenge the decision and could face millions of pounds in fines if unsuccessful. The decision relates to a chemical called acrylamide, a byproduct of roasting coffee beans that is present in high levels in brewed coffee. In California, companies are required by law to warn consumers if their products contain chemicals that could cause cancer. A non-profit group claimed acrylamide was in that category and brought a lawsuit against some 90 coffee retailers including Starbucks. Elihu Berle, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, ruled that the companies had failed to show there was no significant risk from a carcinogen produced in the roasting process. The judge said: “Defendants failed to satisfy their burden of proving by a preponderance of evidence that consumption of coffee confers a benefit to … [Read more...] about Starbucks coffee must carry cancer warning in California, judge rules
FACEBOOK'S shares nosedived after a major privacy blunder wiped more than £67billion off the company's value. But what's caused the sharp decline? And can Facebook fix the problem? How much have Facebook shares fallen by? Facebook's shares began plummeting on Tuesday 27 March 27 after the US consumer protection regulator said it was investigating how 50million users' data got into the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. More than $50billion (£35bn) was wiped off the value of shares in the wake of concerns over data breaches, and they later fell further. At its lowest Zuck and co. were down by around $95billion (£67billion). That drop is greater than the total market value of major corporations such as chip-maker Qualcomm ($85billion), Starbucks ($81billion) and Costco ($80billion). The US Federal Trade Commission confirmed it was probing the social media mammoth's privacy practices. But Facebook bosses are breathing a sigh of relief after the … [Read more...] about Facebook share price – latest stock value after shares fall by more than the value of Starbucks following Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal
STARBUCKS has been told to slap cancer warnings on its coffee over health fears because it contains a potentially carcinogenic substance. The court ruling - which applies in California only but could spread - is over levels of the chemical acrylamide, a by-product from roasting coffee beans. Here's what we know. Which foods could be a cancer risk? Drinking brewed coffee from roasted beans could be a cancer risk - enough so that a judge in California has told coffee shops including Starbucks to put a warning on their cups. Eating chips and bread could also be linked to cancer according to a warning from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Starchy carbs such as spuds, bread and pizza dough - as well as root vegetables including beetroot, turnips, swede and parsnips - are also thought to produce acrylamide. When these foods are cooked at high temperatures, above 120C, a chemical reaction causes acrylamide to form. Over-cooking toast and potatoes also … [Read more...] about What foods are a cancer risk, why do Starbucks coffees need warning labels and what is acrylamide?
Starbucks and other major coffee companies have been told to put a cancer warning label on their products in California. The ominous ruling was made in Los Angeles on Thursday after a lawyer brought a private lawsuit on behalf of a group called the California-based Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT). It claimed Starbucks and other coffee sellers such as Dunkin' Donuts and Peet's have failed to disclose the presence of a toxin called acrylamide which forms during the roasting process. CERT first sued the companies in 2010, arguing that since acrylamide was classified as a carcinogen under California law, coffee sellers had to use warning labels to alert the millions of Californians drinking their products. In the first phase of the trial, Starbucks and other defendants failed to show there was no "significant risk level" from the acrylamide in brewed coffee, court documents showed. In the second phase of the trial, the companies tried to establish that there was an … [Read more...] about Starbucks must now put cancer warning on its coffee
The first Starbucks coffee shop in Hartlepool has been unveiled and pledged its support to a town charity. The new drive-thru in Green Street was officially opened by members of Families First North East whose work the branch has chosen to support.It has been built from scratch in four months on the site of the former Hartlepool Snooker Club which was demolished after a fire in 2014. Fourteen people are employed in the coffee shop.Manager Chris Nash said: “This is the first one in Hartlepool and it’s extremely exciting to bring such a popular and well-known brand to the town.“We have recruited local people and we are getting involved with charity as well.”Starbucks staff will join Families First North East, based in York Road, Hartlepool, on fundraising days, holding events in store and raising as much awareness as possible.Chris added: “I looked around for local charities to support and the family side of Families First appealed to me.“It is a … [Read more...] about Starbucks opens first outlet in Hartlepool town centre