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Panera takes closer look at Charged Lemonade labels after family says Jersey City woman died from drinking it

An attorney says the large lemonade charger Sarah Katz had was the equivalent of three energy drinks.

Lanette Espy

Oct 30, 2023, 12:53 PM

Updated 236 days ago

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Panera Bread is taking a closer look at how they are labeling their popular Charged Lemonade drinks.
This comes after the parents of Sarah Katz, a college student from Jersey City, says she died from drinking it.
Katz, 21, died from cardiac arrest in September 2022. The Katz family attorney says the large lemonade charger Katz had was the equivalent of three energy drinks.
According to the Katz family attorney. Katz was diagnosed with a heart condition at the age of 5 and doctors advised her to limit her caffeine intake. Her parents are accusing Panera Bread of not advertising the Charged Lemonade as an energy drink.
The Katz family wants Panera to be held accountable and to either remove the product or have proper warnings.
A spokesperson for Panera says they strongly believe in transparency around their ingredients, and they'll work quickly to thoroughly investigate.
Panera’s website markets the Charged Lemonade as an energy booster. The website says the drink is “plant-based and clean with as much caffeine as our Dark Roast coffee.”


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