Yogurt might cause servicemembers to fail drug test
The Air Force is concerned that your next trip down the dairy aisle could make you look like a pothead.
Servicemembers have been told to avoid Blueberry Power Chobani Flip Greek yogurt because it comes with hemp seeds, according to an Air Force press release.
Chobani has agreed to remove the hemp seeds from the product, according to the release.
Hemp seeds and seed oil can contain tetrahydrocannabinol, an active ingredient of marijuana, according to Air Force Instruction 44-121, and is detectable by a drug test.
“In order to ensure military readiness,” consuming the seeds and oil are prohibited, the instruction states.
“Air Force military members should be mindful that products containing hemp seeds can be found at health food stores, including ... commissaries located on military bases, and therefore the best policy for Airmen to follow is to be vigilant about what they put into their body,” said Capt. Adam Koudelka, legal adviser for the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory, Air Force Medical Operations Agency at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, in the release.
While Chobani has agreed to remove the seeds, the company is not convinced the seeds would cause airmen to test positive for drugs. Jessica DiGennaro, a Chobani representative, told the Air Force Times that research suggests the amount of hemp seeds that come with the yogurt would not be enough to raise a person’s levels of tetrahydrocannabinol above the federal limit for failing a drug test.