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Mom settles suit: Poppy seed bagel led to false positive in hospital drug test

A Pennsylvania mom settled a lawsuit over a hospital drug test she failed because she had eaten a poppy seed bagel. Poppy seeds have trace amounts of opium in them. 


Mom settles suit after she failed a hospital drug test due to a poppy seed bagel she had eaten before the test. Pictured, an orange ornamental poppy.


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A woman – who had her newborn taken away because she failed a hospital drug test after she ate a poppy seed bagel – has settled a lawsuit over the case.

Lawrence County's child welfare agency and Jameson Hospital have paid $143,500 to settle the suit filed on behalf of Elizabeth Mort by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which announced the settlement Tuesday.


Mort sued in October 2010, alleging that a poppy seed bagel she ate shortly before arriving at the hospital spurred a positive testf or opiates in April 2010. That test prompted the state seizure of her 3-day-old daughter, Isabella Rodriguez.

Mort said she was home with her baby when a county child welfare caseworker arrived with an emergency protective custody order and took Isabella.


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