NY mom fails drug test after eating poppyseed bagel before giving birth

Mother Says She Was Separated From Newborn Baby After Testing Positive for Opiates Because of Poppy Seed Bagel

Mother Says She Was Separated From Newborn Baby After Testing Positive for Opiates Because of Poppy Seed Bagel

A NY state mom was separated from her newborn baby - because, just like in the classic "Seinfeld" episode, she failed a drug test from eating a baked good with poppy seeds, she said in a new interview.

"I did a urine test and it came back that I tested positive for opiates".

"I felt absolutely awful", she told WKBW.

The newborn, Carter Dominguez, tested negative for opiates, but the hospital followed procedure and contacted Child Protective Services.

Dominguez told WKBW-TV, "I called my husband freaking out, saying, 'How is this possible?"

Dr. Rainka says anyone about to take a drug test should know this.

One doctor told the station that it's very possible that poppy seeds could trigger a false result.

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment has said that until food manufacturers reduce morphine levels in poppy seeds, excessive consumption - particularly during pregnancy - is advised against. "I just want everyone to know this could happen".

Dominguez said she and the baby were separated when she was discharged but Carter was kept pending the outcome of an investigation.

"I felt absolutely terrible".

"Anywhere from one to three bagels with poppy seeds can produce positive tests on a urine toxicology", the physician added. "It's such a bad thing and I don't want it to happen to anyone". "I was on a Pitocin drip, and the doctor came in and said, 'You've tested positive for opiates, '" Elizabeth Eden told WBAL. "I don't even take Tylenol - what do you mean?'" "And I ate a poppy seed bagel this morning for breakfast, ' and she said, 'No, you've been reported to the state, '" Eden said. Dominguez was able to leave the hospital - but not with her newborn baby, Carter.

When her husband asked what she had eaten, Dominguez recalled she had a poppy-seed bagel and a sub sandwich. The child was required to remain hospitalized for medical observation.

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