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Should coffee come with cancer warnings? California says no

FILE– An espresso is served at The Commons Chelsea in New York, April 7, 2018. A Los Angeles judge ruled in the spring that coffee companies must provide cancer warnings to coffee drinkers. The ruling cast a shadow on a daily and often essential rite for more than 100 million Americans. But now, in August, the state has intervened with an agency proposing a rule declaring that not only does coffee pose no significant risk of cancer, it may actually have health benefits. (Caitlin Ochs/The New York Times)

A Los Angeles judge ruled that coffee companies must provide cancer warnings to coffee drinkers. But a California agency has proposed a rule, being considered Thursday, declaring that not only does coffee pose no significant risk of cancer, it may actually have health benefits.

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