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FDA may consider ban on chemical in decaf coffee over cancer concerns
관리자 2024-05-28 오후 1:12:01 25276

FDA may consider ban on chemical in decaf coffee over cancer concerns

 




Decaf lovers may get a jolt when they read this. The FDA may ban a chemical in decaf coffee, used by major chains like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts because it has been linked to cancer. Food Navigator reported that this is the most commonly used decaffeinated coffee known as European Method Decaf. The chemical, called methylene chloride, binds to caffeine and removes it from the beans. The Environmental Defense Fund started the petition to ban the chemical, and the FDA is currently considering it and is expected to have a response in 90 days. Campaigners said that since the chemical is linked to cancer in rats, it goes against a 1958 ruling called the Delaney Clause, which says additives should be banned if they potentially cause cancer in animals. The Clean Label Project (CLP) is also lobbying California’s state assembly to ban methylene chloride.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to ban “most uses” of the chemical in 2023 due to health concerns, but its regulated use in foods is still under the FDA’s Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic act. The Daily Mail reported that while some are against the ban, there are several studies to suggest the chemical poses a potential risk. A 1986 study found that rodents exposed to methylene chloride in the air developed tumors in their lungs and livers. In 2016 the EPA said studies on animals revealed exposure to the chemical caused tumors in the breasts. Studies on humans exposed to the chemical also found a cancer link. A 2013 study of 3,000 adults, who were exposed to the chemical while developing film, had a higher risk of getting blood cancer. Another study from 2011 found a link between exposure and getting brain, great and liver cancer.

The ban would impact the 10 percent of American adults, roughly 28 million people, who drink decaf daily, according to the National Coffee Association (NCA). The NCA says the health benefits of drinking decaf outweigh the risks. They said on their website that the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence shows that drinking European Method decaf like all coffee is associated with significant health benefits, including longer lives and reduced risk of multiple cancers and chronic diseases.

 


 

 


 

Questions:
1. What chemical used in decaffeinated coffee has been linked to cancer, leading to a potential ban by the FDA?

 


2. What did the 1986 study, EPA 2016 studies, studies on humans, 2013 study, and 2011 study find?


3. How many American adults could be impacted by the potential ban on methylene chloride in decaf coffee, according to the National Coffee Association?

 

4. Are you a coffee lover? Do you prefer decaf or caffeinated coffee? Why?

 

5. How do you find the news or article? Why do you think many people are into coffee?

 

 

 


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