All Panera Bread restaurants are now showing “enhanced” disclosures about the restaurant chain’s highly caffeinated soda, a spokesman said Saturday, following a lawsuit filed by the family of a young woman who died after drinking the drink.
The lawsuit from last Monday which was first obtained by NBC Newsclaims that Sarah Katz, an Ivy League student with a heart condition, died after drinking Panera’s Charged Lemonade last year.
A large loaded soda contains 390 milligrams – almost the 400 milligram daily maximum amount of caffeine that the… Food and Drug Administration says healthy adults can safely consume.
The lawsuit calls Charged Lemonade a “dangerous energy drink” and argues that Panera failed to adequately warn consumers about its ingredients, which include guarana extract, another stimulant. The large cup contains more caffeine than standard cans of Red Bull and Monster energy drinks combined, as well as the equivalent of nearly 30 teaspoons of sugar.
The caffeine content of Panera’s Charged Lemonade has always been listed in-store, Panera said. But in an exclusive statement to NBC News on Saturday, Panera said all of its stores across North America have provided more detailed information about the drink in recent days.
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