Despite trying to convince the recruiters that it was caused by bread, he didn't get the job due to the failed drug test
A man ended up failing a drug test for a job interview after eating slices of his favorite Tesco poppy seed bread. The man's sister explained that he had four slices of bread before his interview. When he had a drug test done, it was identified that he had opium in his system even though he had not consumed any medication.
It was later found that the poppy seed bread was the cause. Despite trying to explain this to the recruiters he wasn't able to convince them. "As he failed he didn't get the job no matter how much convincing he tried," the sister told Plymouth Live. Mirror reported that although poppy seeds do not contain any opium initially, the seeds can absorb opium or become coated by it in the harvesting process. Despite being cleaned, they could still contain trace amounts of opiate residue.
The sister is now determined to raise awareness so that other people don't get into trouble like her brother. She took to social media to share their story and wrote, "Just a quick one for everyone to be aware of. My brother went for a job interview today and had to do a drugs test he failed, with opium in his system.
He doesn't take painkillers as he is scared of drugs and painkillers. Yesterday he came to mine and I had his favourite bread in he took four slices home with him, ate two yesterday and made a sandwich to take with him today as he was going to be at this interview all day. Poppy seeds caused him to fail his drugs test. As he failed he didn't get the job no matter how much convincing he tried.
So just a warning do not eat seeded bread with poppy seeds two to three days before a drugs test," reported Mirror.
According to Mirror, Tesco stated that 'it has a number of policies in place and works closely with its suppliers to make sure that they source from low opiate varieties, and that they follow guidelines developed by the EU and UK to minimize the levels present as far as possible through good practice from harvesting onwards.' The supermarket chain added that it makes sure suppliers are working to the limits advised in the EU and UK. Tesco has not commented further on the incident.