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Panera Bread to Remove Popular Item from Menu Following Allegations of Links to Fatalities

Panera Bread is discontinuing a popular menu item, Charged Lemonade, after being linked to several deaths. The decision follows the filing of multiple lawsuits against the company.

Panera Bread faced three lawsuits within a year, alleging that their Charged Lemonade drinks were responsible for the deaths of two individuals and causing severe heart injuries to another. The first lawsuit was from the family of a Pennsylvania college student who died of a fatal cardiac arrest after consuming the lemonade, blaming a pre-existing heart condition exacerbated by the drink. Another lawsuit was filed by the family of a Florida man who died of cardiac arrest shortly after drinking several Charged Lemonades. The third lawsuit, filed by a Rhode Island native, claimed the drink caused permanent heart injuries. Panera Bread’s Charged Lemonade contains high levels of caffeine, with a 30-ounce serving containing 390 milligrams, nearly the entire recommended daily limit by the FDA. In response to the lawsuits, Panera Bread announced the removal of Charged Lemonade from its menu.

Panera Bread spokesperson stated, “We listened to more than 30,000 guests about what they wanted from Panera and are focusing next on the broad array of beverages we know our guests desire—ranging from exciting, on-trend flavors to low-sugar and low-caffeine options.”

Panera Bread’s Charged Lemonade was marketed as “Plant-based and Clean with as much caffeine as our Dark Roast coffee,” but lawsuits revealed that a large, 30-fluid-ounce Charged Lemonade contained 390 milligrams of caffeine, more than any size of Panera’s dark roast coffee. Panera Bread updated its nutrition information post-lawsuits, stating that the large size of the blood orange Charged Lemonade contained 302 milligrams of caffeine.

The removal of Charged Lemonade from Panera Bread’s menu comes as a response to the allegations raised in the lawsuits and is aimed at ensuring customer safety and satisfaction.

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