FDA: Poppy seed wash is really a drug

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A product called Poppy Seed Wash is advertised as a natural alternative to opioids for relaxation and pain relief, but it’s really just an unlicensed drug, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

The FDA posted a warning letter to the makers of the product, telling them to stop making medical claims and to stop selling it online.

“Your Poppy Seed Wash product is not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced use and, therefore, the product is a ‘new drug,’” the FDA says in its letter.

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