A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has finally put an end to a nine-year old court case in California where the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) challenged a state regulation issued by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) exempting chemicals in coffee from being listed as carcinogens as required by Prop 65. The lawsuit was first filed back in 2011 against coffee roasters and retailers (Dunkin’ included) because the coffee bean roasting process produces small amounts of acrylamide, a known carcinogen. Notwithstanding, as recently as last October, the OEHHA ruled that the chemicals contained in coffee did not pose a significant risk of cancer to require compliance with Prop 65 (listing of all chemical carcinogens in any particular product). Although CERT may still appeal the decision, it would appear at this juncture that the OEHHA exemption for coffee will be preserved – at least for the time being.