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Snack bars contain hemp seeds

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Connoisseurs of KIND Healthy Snacks brand snack bars need to steer clear of the company's Strong & KIND line, as the high protein snacks are made with hemp seeds.

"When I talk to new Airmen coming on the base, I tell them to always read the label," said Edward Roski, 50th Space Wing Drug Demand Reduction Program manager.

All five flavors--Hickory Smoked, Honey Smoked BBQ, Thai Sweet Chili, Roasted Jalapeno and Honey Mustard--list hemp seeds as an ingredient.  The line was launched in April 2014 as the company looked to introduce an all-natural product with bold flavor.

On the surface, the snack bars look like a healthy alternative to traditional bold flavor snacks, such as potato chips, because they are labeled as "Non-GMO, gluten free, low glycemic, no whey and no soy," on the front of the wrapper. However, the bars are off-limits to military members due to the inclusion of hemp seeds on the ingredient list on the back of the wrapper.
Roski said the bars had been for sale at a location on Peterson Air Force Base, but were pulled once the ingredient list was brought to the attention of Air Force officials. The bars are not sold on Schriever Air Force Base.

None of the other products listed for sale on the KIND snacks website list hemp seeds as an ingredient.

Consuming products with hemp seeds or hemp seed oil as an ingredient could potentially lead to a positive drug test.

"People need to stay away from [hemp seed products] because if they digest a lot of them, the hemp could turn to THC, which is a chemical found in marijuana," Roski said. "I don't know how much they would need to eat, but it's better to just avoid it altogether."

According to Air Force Instruction 90-507, "The ingestion of products containing or products derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited." This is because studies have shown products made with hemp seed or hemp seed oil can lead to detection of THC, an active ingredient in marijuana, under the Air Force Drug Testing Program.

"When I speak to Airmen going through the First Term Airmen Center, I tell them they need to stay away from the hemp oil as well," Roski said. "There is a lotion available online that contains hemp seed oil and they need to stay away from that."

Violations of the AFI can lead to criminal prosecution and discharge under other than honorable conditions. Additionally, failure to adhere to the AFI under Article 92 is a failure to obey an order or regulation.

It is each individual's responsibility to know what they are consuming, thus it is important to check nutrition labels to make sure foods and beverages do not contain prohibited substances.

For more information, contact Edward Roski at 567-7377.
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