Air Force Bans Greek Yogurt with Hemp Seed | Military
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By Brian Everstine, Air Force Times
When the Air Force speaks, the yogurt industry listens.
Chobani announced today that it is in the process of removing hemp seeds from its Blueberry Power Flip, the flavor of yogurt that was banned by the Air Force because of the ingredient.
The Air Force confirmed Monday that it has directed airmen to not consume the one flavor of yogurt, because of policies to not consume any product that contains hemp seed or hemp seed oil.
"We've heard some concerns from the military community about Chobani products containing hemp seeds, and want to set the record straight. Except for Blueberry Power Chobani Flip, no Chobani product contains hemp seeds," said Amy Juaristi, director of public relations for Chobani, in an e-mail. "However, we're committed to giving our fans what they want and are in the process of removing the ingredient from our Blueberry Power Chobani Flip. We greatly respect our armed forces and take pride in serving our troops."
The Blueberry Power Flip flavor 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. "Chobani Yogurt not containing hemp seed or hemp seed oil is not prohibited. by the Air Force."
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."