September 18, 2021

Petition For FDA to Protect Consumers From Unprocessed Poppy Seeds

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has petitioned the FDA, asking them to protect consumers from unprocessed poppy seeds. That ingredient can be contaminated with the plant's opiate residues and has caused illness, including strokes, and death. The regulatory petition was filed on behalf of six families who were affected by this product. The petition asks that the FDA set a "maximum threshold for opiate contamination and establishing controls on imported seeds." The poppy plant cannot be legally grown in the United States, so poppy seeds are imported. The seeds do not have significant amounts of opiates, but they are sometimes contaminated with plant debris. Processing must reduce that contamination to safe levels but unfortunately not all importers do this. Making things … [Read more...]

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