The family of an Ivy League student who died of cardiac arrest filed a lawsuit against Panera Bread, which claimed that a drink’s high caffeine content directly led to her death.
According to the lawsuit, 21-year-old Sarah Katz consumed a “supercharged soda” drink at a Panera Bread in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in September 2022.
Hours later, she suffered cardiac arrest at a friend’s birthday party. She was transported to a hospital where she suffered a second cardiac arrest and died.
Her family claims Katz didn’t know the drink she bought contained caffeine. Katz suffered from a previous heart condition and, on the recommendation of doctors, refrained from consuming energy drinks.
“She was very, very vigilant about what she had to do to protect herself,” said her roommate and close friend Victoria Rose Conroy. “I guarantee if Sarah had known how much caffeine that was, she would never have touched it with a 10-foot pole.”
The family filed the lawsuit in state court on Monday. It is claimed that the drink contained more caffeine than the company’s dark roast coffee and also contained other stimulants.
“These unregulated beverages contain no warning of potentially dangerous effects, including life-threatening effects on blood pressure, heart rate and/or brain function,” the lawsuit states.
Although the chargeable sodas are advertised on Panera’s website as “the ultimate energy drink,” they are not labeled as such in stores, the lawsuit says.
According to her family, Katz attended the University of Pennsylvania and taught CPR in underserved communities.
Panera released a statement regarding the lawsuit.
“We were saddened to learn of the tragic death of Sarah Katz this morning and our condolences go out to her family,” the statement said.
“At Panera, we strongly believe in transparency around our ingredients,” the company added. “We will work quickly to thoroughly investigate this matter.”
Here is a news report about the soda lawsuit:
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