35-year-old Marcin Konieczny has never used any illegal substances.
He rarely drinks and doesn’t smoke, but he lost his job after eating a loaf of bread from a supermarket as it caused him to fail a drug test.
Traces of drugs still showed up in one of his samples. The factory worker said the negative result was caused by a poppy loaf of bread from Aldi. His bosses refused to listen to him despite his pleas.
The father-of-two was determined to prove his innocence so he started researching the topic. He found evidence that failed tests can be linked to poppy seeds. The ingredients can be found on buns and bread.
Marcin realized he always eats Aldi’s Honey Soaked Seeded Bloomer. Believing the bread could be the cause of it, he brought a loaf to a private lab for testing.
“I started researching on the Internet and found stories of other people who tested positively for drugs after eating seeded bread,” he expressed.
“My wife and I had just started changing our diet and eating more healthily. I had been eating the bread every day.”
Samples of the bread came back with the same results as his drug test – nonnegative, which means traces had been found in the batch.
“I’m absolutely devastated. I felt so powerless and discriminated against so badly,” Marcin expressed. “I was so shocked because I have never smoked, never taken drugs and very rarely drink wine.”
He added: “I was forced to leave work straight away but I can’t drive so I had to wait around in the cold all day for a lift.”
After his bosses saw the results, they admitted there had been a mistake and would allow Marcin to go back to work.
A spokesperson for the Cod Beck Blenders said: “In the circumstances we would have no objection in principle to this temporary worker returning here.
“Our usual procedure in this situation is to suspend the person on full pay until the correct chain of custody drug test is complete, i.e. we send off to lab for verification.
“In this particular case, the result came back positive but the lab said it was consistent with a dietary source, not medication or anything untoward.”
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