Two mothers from have claimed in a new that eating poppy seed bagels resulted in a false positive drug test, which led them to be reported for possible neglect or abuse of their child just days after giving birth. The women also alleged that the drug tests were performed without their consent.
In the separate complaints filed last week by the (ACLU-NJ), the two women alleged that the New Jersey hospitals in which they gave birth had violated their rights by drug testing them without their knowledge or consent. According to the , the tests resulted in false positives that prompted both hospitals to alert child welfare authorities.
However, the new mothers claimed it was the poppy seed bagels they had eaten before going to the hospital that resulted in the positive drug test results. The ACLU-NJ, which represents both women in the complaints filed with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, has sued both the Hackensack University Medical Center and Virtua Voorhees Hospital for violating the mothers’ right to privacy.