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July 16, 2003

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Industrial Coffee Extraction

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(3):334. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.334-b

To the Editor: The process of commercial coffee roasting releases large amounts of carbon monoxide (CO),1 which sometimes reach life-threatening levels.2 We report a case of a death due to CO poisoning sustained during commercial coffee roasting.