A number of supermarkets in New Zealand are monitoring sales of poppy seeds, which some shoppers are using to make poppy tea, the Otago Daily Times reported Aug. 4.
The poppy seeds come from the opium poppy and contain morphine and other narcotics. Steve Anderson, chief executive for Foodstuffs, South Island's largest food wholesaler, said the company is prohibiting unidentifiable bulk purchases of poppy seeds and is monitoring individual sales.
"We do recognize that there are other uses for legitimate products, and we try to keep an eye on things as much as we can," said Anderson.
Gardens New World has also ended bulk sales and is keeping poppy seeds behind the counter. "It is a seasonal thing that happens when the poppies are blooming in the city, and it's probably added to whatever they can get out of the poppies they collect," said owner Ross Parry.