Air Force Bans Greek Yogurt
The Air Force has banned the sale of certain varieties of Greek yogurt:
The new target in the Air Force’s war on drugs: Greek yogurt with hemp seeds.
In keeping with the policy barring consumption of any product that contains or is derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil, airmen must steer clear of one flavor of the popular Chobani brand of Greek yogurt — Blueberry Power Flip, the Air Force confirmed Monday.
Blueberry Power Flip comes with a side of walnuts, hemp seeds and chia that yogurt aficionados can “flip” to mix in, according to the Chobani website.
“The Air Force has not restricted military members from consuming Chobani Greek yogurt; rather, only Chobani yogurt that contains hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited, just as any product which contains or is derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited,” said Capt. Adam Koudelka, the legal adviser for the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory at the Air Force Medical Operations Agency at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
The regulation governing this yogurt is AFI 44-120, paragraph 1.1.5, which states that “studies have shown that products made with hemp seed and hemp seed oil may contain varying levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient of marijuana which is detectable under the Air Force Drug Testing Program. In order to ensure military readiness, the ingestion of products containing or products derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited. Failure to comply with the mandatory provisions of this paragraph by military personnel is a violation of Article 92, UCMJ.”
A more immediate concern for individual pilots is that the product could lead to false positives on a drug test, which would have serious consequences for a pilot’s career. But, never fear airborne fans of this product, the Air Force’s move has prompted Chobani to announce that it is removing hemp seeds from its products.
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