Family: Woman who died after drinking Panera lemonade would have avoided it if she knew about caffeine content

A lawsuit states that the drink was offered side-by-side with other drinks offered at Panera Bread, regardless of caffeine levels.

Matt Trapani

Jul 2, 2024, 9:16 PM

Updated 13 days ago

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Family: Woman who died after drinking Panera lemonade would have avoided it if she knew about caffeine content
New details are emerging about a wrongful death lawsuit a family has filed against a Jersey City woman who died after drinking a caffeinated lemonade offered at Panera Break.
The family of Sarah Katz says that the 21-year-old would have avoided the Charged Lemonade if she knew how much caffeine it contained. The lawsuit states that the drink was offered side-by-side with other drinks offered at Panera Bread, regardless of caffeine levels.
Katz, who was a student at the University of Pennsylvania, had a heart condition called Long Q-T Type 1 and avoided caffeine. Her parents say there is no doubt that the drink triggered Katz’s cardiac arrest.
Panera Bread has since pulled the drink from its menu.


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