Poppy seeds are banned?

‘There’s no more poppy seeds in any bakery in Singapore because the police will investigate… you know? You know what poppy is used for?’

So the fella behind the counter at the Orchard Towers’ Jason’s Supermarket’s Hiestand Swiss Bakery’s (hooray for Apostrophy Man!) kiosk told me when I asked for buns with poppy seeds on them.

Is that true? How many poppy seeds do you need to eat to get stoned?

Apparently the poppy seed ban has been around for ages, and I just didn’t realise it because I seldom have a strong craving for poppy seeds on baked goods.

So there you have it, poppy seeds are contraband, and to think I actually asked for them over the counter!

Singapore Customs’ (yay, apostrophe!) tradenet website, a.k.a. ‘the banned wagon’, has poppy seeds at number 41 on their list of controlled items (‘Toy walkie talkie’ is at number 53). The population of our fair country is banned from importing or purchasing poppy seeds from places like supermarkets, as one expatriate pundit puts it:

“as they may be inclined (being illiterates as they are and mindlessly bowing to mindless rules) to abuse poppy seeds and cultivate a cash crop of opium and revert to days of yore when opium dens proliferated and the mindless populace wasted away on their backs in a drug induced coma….”

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These ain’t poppies (pictures of poppies are banned too, I reckon), but we used to consume the sweet nectar from these ixoras

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17 thoughts on “Poppy seeds are banned?”

  1. I have never known poppy seeds to make me high… Hmmmm… It was like when they originally didn’t allow Chai. I was so sad. I need my Ice Venti Soy Chai fix.

  2. I have never known poppy seeds to make me high… Hmmmm… It was like when they originally didn’t allow Chai. I was so sad. I need my Ice Venti Soy Chai fix.

  3. I absolutely love poppy seed-ed bread and biscuits! Marks and Spencers used to sell crackers with poppy seeds in them, great with cheese or on its own. And I used to eat it all the time (I seriously doubt it’s because it’s addictive. Haha.) But yeah, we can’t get them in Singapore no more…

  4. I absolutely love poppy seed-ed bread and biscuits! Marks and Spencers used to sell crackers with poppy seeds in them, great with cheese or on its own. And I used to eat it all the time (I seriously doubt it’s because it’s addictive. Haha.) But yeah, we can’t get them in Singapore no more…

  5. No wonder I can’t find them at Marks and Spencers anymore. That suck.

    Poppy can make you fail a drug test, confirmed by Mythbusters on Discovery. Maybe that’s why they are ban here.

  6. No wonder I can’t find them at Marks and Spencers anymore. That suck.

    Poppy can make you fail a drug test, confirmed by Mythbusters on Discovery. Maybe that’s why they are ban here.

  7. Confession time: I am a drug smuggler!

    I had looked around all the shops for quite awhile back there as The Mouse (my ex-maid – haven’t you been following my blog?) was going to make us some poppy-seed blintzes (Russian pancake like things). Eventually, I had to stash of some poppy seeds in my bag on a trip back from Hong Kong (which should not be so severe on drugs as it was founded as a shipping port for Jardine-Matheison’s Indian opium cartel to feed the Chinese addicts they had created… sort of like Colombia’s relationship with USA, though the cocaine dealers are not backed by the British Government.)

    Question is: what if had got caught? Mandatory death penalty? Media outrage? Appeals for clemency? Diplomatic crisis? Candle-lit vigils and on-line petitions for E@L? Would I have got to give my mother one last hug?

    I am going home to flush those incriminating little black seeds down the toilet right this minute!

    E@L

  8. Confession time: I am a drug smuggler!

    I had looked around all the shops for quite awhile back there as The Mouse (my ex-maid – haven’t you been following my blog?) was going to make us some poppy-seed blintzes (Russian pancake like things). Eventually, I had to stash of some poppy seeds in my bag on a trip back from Hong Kong (which should not be so severe on drugs as it was founded as a shipping port for Jardine-Matheison’s Indian opium cartel to feed the Chinese addicts they had created… sort of like Colombia’s relationship with USA, though the cocaine dealers are not backed by the British Government.)

    Question is: what if had got caught? Mandatory death penalty? Media outrage? Appeals for clemency? Diplomatic crisis? Candle-lit vigils and on-line petitions for E@L? Would I have got to give my mother one last hug?

    I am going home to flush those incriminating little black seeds down the toilet right this minute!

    E@L

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  10. They should bring better arguments for this, I have my doubts about this because I also believe these seeds are not posing any risks, only recently I find out about that. If poppy seeds are banned what are the legal consequences for those who choose to use them. Are there any people in drug rehab center because of these seeds?

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  12. https://www.customs.gov.sg/about-us/national-single-window/tradenet/competent-authorities-requirements-for-controlled-items/central-narcotics-bureau-cnb

    “Poppy seeds are classified as prohibited goods by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). Any company or person who wishes to import them or any foodstuff that contain the substance (regardless of the amount or purpose) must submit the Inward Declaration Form which can also be downloaded from here together with a certificate from the exporting country or the country of origin of the poppy seeds.

    The importer must send a sample of the seeds or related product to the Health Sciences Authority located at 11 Outram Road, Singapore 169078 for analysis.

    If the sample is in the form of seeds, it is to be sent to the Division Director, Illicit Drugs Division, Applied Sciences Group, Health Sciences Authority (HSA) (Attn: Dr Angeline Yap).

    If the sample is in the form of food products, it is to be sent to the Division Director, Food Safety Division, Applied Sciences Group, HSA (Attn: Ms Joanne Chan).

    The HSA report must be submitted to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). In the event HSA certifies that the poppy seeds are cleared of any controlled substances, ie no traces of morphine detected, CNB will endorse and approve the Inward Declaration Form. With the endorsement by CNB, Singapore Customs will allow the poppy seeds to be imported into Singapore. If the poppy seeds are found to contain traces of controlled substances, the approval for importation will not be given.”

    Mr Miyagi, I think you should start a business importing poppy seeds. You can do the paperwork for us and we can buy the cleared poppy seeds from you

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