Could Poppy Seeds Lead To You Failing A Drug Test At Work?
About 8.4 per cent of adults aged 16 to 59 reported taking an illicit drug from 2015 to 2016.
This, paired with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, means employers have a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of their employers. Surprisingly, only 8 per cent of employers have been found to operate drug and alcohol testing, many of them testing only those in safety-critical roles.
Businesses should consider all possibilities in drug testing, however. Journalist Angela Ribbon recently appeared in the news after she failed a drug test when no drugs were actually taken.
Instead, minute traces of opiates in poppy seeds triggered the results, which could appear from 30 minutes to 16 hours after ingestion. Some supplements, ibuprofen and tonic water could produce similar results.