Panera Adds Warning To Charged Sips Beverages Amid Lawsuits And Health Concerns

Panera Bread has added a warning to its Charged Sips beverages on its online menu, stating, “Consume in moderation. Not recommended for children, people sensitive to caffeine, pregnant or nursing women.” The move comes as the company faces multiple lawsuits alleging that the caffeinated lemonade drinks caused two deaths and left another customer with long-term heart problems.

It is unclear when Panera added the warning to its website, but the company announced on Tuesday that it will phase out the Charged Sips line nationwide. Panera did not indicate why it’s discontinuing the drinks or comment on the pending litigation.

The Charged Sips beverages contain between 155 and 302 milligrams of caffeine, according to Panera’s website. The Mayo Clinic states that it’s safe for most healthy adults to consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day, roughly equivalent to four cups of coffee or 10 cans of soda.

“On its website, the Charged Sips beverages contain between 155 and 302 milligrams of Caffeine. They come with a warning indicating they are not recommended for ‘children, people sensitive to caffeine, pregnant or nursing women,'” according to a report by CBS News.

The heartbreaking losses of two lives due to Panera’s mislabeled, highly-caffeinated drink should serve as a wake-up call to us all. It’s a stark reminder that in the rush to market trendy, “energizing” products, companies have a solemn duty to put safety first. Panera’s decisive action to pull the drink and commit to better labeling is a good start, but it can’t erase the pain of the families who’ve suffered unimaginable loss.

As consumers, we owe it to each other to demand real transparency about what’s in the food and drinks we buy. It’s not about blame or boycotts, but about holding corporations accountable and working together to create a marketplace where we can all make informed, safe choices. Because no fleeting buzz or boost is worth the risk of losing someone we love. It’s time we all take a hard look at the true cost of chasing that next “pick-me-up” – and demand better from the brands we trust with our health and our lives.