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November 13, 2010: A Poppy Seed Bagel May Lead to a Positive Doping Test

I just read the headline, “Woman: Poppy Seeds, Not Drugs, Led to Losing Child”. The article went on to explain that the ACLU has filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a couple whose baby was taken away from them, because the mother had tested positive for opiates in a urine test after eating a poppy-seed bagel. If it turns out that the facts are as the mother claims, it is certainly a tragic outcome. This is not the first time I’ve heard of drug test results being influenced by food intake of poppy-seeds. The negative ramification of poppy seed intake is significant for athletes. Apparently, testing has determined that “high-performance athletes could possibly test positive in doping control after consumption of products containing poppy seeds.”