Panera to cease serving ‘Charged Sips’ drinks after wrongful demise lawsuits over caffeine content material | EUROtoday

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Panera Bread stated it is discontinuing its Charged Sips drinks that have been tied to a minimum of two wrongful demise lawsuits as a consequence of their excessive caffeine content material.

Panera did not say Tuesday whether or not the drinks have been being discontinued due to the lawsuits or well being considerations, and it would not touch upon the timeline for eradicating them from shops. Panera stated it is introducing new low-sugar and low-caffeine drinks after listening to clients’ recommendations..

The St. Louis-based firm launched Charged Sips within the spring of 2022. The fruit-flavored drinks comprise between 155 milligrams and 302 milligrams of caffeine. The typical cup of 8-ounce espresso incorporates 95 milligrams of caffeine, in accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, whereas a 16-ounce can of Monster Energy incorporates 160 milligrams.

For Panera, the drinks helped meet clients’ rising demand for pure drinks with purposeful advantages, like boosting power or immunity. Charged Sips contained caffeine derived from guarana, a plant extract usually utilized in power drinks, and inexperienced espresso extract.

But final October, a wrongful demise lawsuit was filed in opposition to Panera by the household of Sarah Katz, a 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania pupil with a coronary heart situation who died in September 2022 after ingesting a Charged Lemonade.

Then, final December, the household of a Florida man filed a wrongful demise and negligence lawsuit in opposition to Panera.

In that case, the household stated David Brown, 46, suffered cardiac arrest and died on Oct. 9 after ingesting three Charged Lemonades at his native Panera. Brown’s household stated Brown had hypertension and did not drink power drinks, however believed Charged Sips have been secure as a result of they weren’t marketed as power drinks.

The lawsuit stated Brown had ordered a minimum of seven Charged Lemonades over a two-week interval earlier than he died.

Panera’s on-line menu now contains the language, “Consume in moderation. Not recommended for children, people sensitive to caffeine, pregnant or nursing women.” It’s not clear when that was added.