A PREGNANT mum who ate poppy seed bagel for breakfast tested positive for opiates after she was given a blood test while in labour.
Elizabeth Eden, from Baltimore, Maryland, had her new baby taken off her for five days while she was asked to prove the bread roll was to blame.
She was eventually allowed to bring her new daughter Beatrice home after the drama in April, but is speaking out to warn other mums of the dangers.
Elizabetth told WBALTV11: “I was in labour. I was sitting in the bed. I was having contractions. I was on a Pitocin drip, and the doctor came in and said, ‘you’ve tested positive for opiates’.
“I said, ‘Well, can you test me again? And I ate a poppy seed bagel this morning for breakfast,’ and [the nurse] said, ‘No, you’ve been reported to the state’.”‘
Doctors at St Joseph Medical Center in Maryland assigned her a caseworker and was told to bring evidence that the bagel was responsible for the result on April 4, this year.
She said: “It was traumatising.”
Elizabeth was determined to fight the case and said she had learned in a school health class that eating poppy seeds could cause a false positive.
After acknowledging the bagel defence, the caseworker closed her file.
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment says that until food manufacturers reduce morphine levels in poppy seeds, it advises against excessive consumption, particularly during pregnancy.
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At the hospital where she gave birth, those with 300 nano-grams of opiates per millimetre of blood will test positive for the drugs, according to the chief of the OBGYN department.
Poppy seeds come from the opium poppy plant – the same one that forms the basis of opioid drugs, including morphine, codeine, Oxycontin, and heroin.
However the seeds themselves are not addictive and won’t give a high.
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