**Title:** Family Sues Panera Bread Over Daughter’s Death Linked to Charged Lemonade
**Subtitle:** Lawsuit claims lack of warning about high caffeine content contributed to tragedy
*McCreary County Record – [Date]*
The family of a 21-year-old Ivy League student has filed a lawsuit against Panera Bread, holding the restaurant responsible for the death of their daughter after consuming their Charged Lemonade. The tragic incident has brought attention to the potential risks associated with high caffeine content in beverages.
The lawsuit alleges that Panera failed to adequately warn consumers about the drink’s stimulant content, which was found to exceed that of popular energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster. The victim, Sarah Katz, had a pre-existing heart condition and was unaware of the drink’s high caffeine content at the time of consumption.
According to the medical examiner, Katz’s cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia due to her heart condition, long QT syndrome. However, the family’s attorney argues that the drink should have carried a warning label, considering its high caffeine content, in order to protect individuals with underlying health conditions.
Katz purchased the Charged Lemonade at a Panera outlet in Philadelphia and tragically went into cardiac arrest hours later at a friend’s birthday gathering. The lawsuit claims that the drink contained a staggering 390 milligrams of caffeine, equivalent to six espressos, as well as other stimulants and a substantial amount of sugar.
In response, Panera expressed condolences to the grieving family and pledged to thoroughly investigate the matter. The company emphasized its commitment to transparency about ingredients used in their products. However, the lawsuit alleges that the Charged Lemonade is a dangerous energy drink and criticizes Panera for failing to include any warning about potential health risks on the product packaging.
A 2019 report by the American Heart Association cautioned individuals with certain health conditions and hypertension to limit their energy drink consumption. The report also highlighted the potential detrimental side effects of energy drinks, particularly their impact on cardiovascular and neurological health.
Data from the US Food and Drug Administration reveals that there have been 34 deaths associated with energy drinks, raising concerns about the safety of these products. The lawsuit alleges that Panera’s Charged Lemonade falls into the category of dangerous energy drinks and should bear adequate warnings to protect consumers.
As the lawsuit moves forward, it is expected to raise crucial questions about the regulation and labeling of high-caffeine beverages. The case underscores the importance of informed consumer choices and transparent product labeling to ensure public safety, particularly for individuals with underlying health conditions.
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