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Could hot cross buns see you FAIL a breathalyser test?

According to a new video, motorists could find themselves hot water after eating a couple of hot cross buns, .

Just two of the so called Easter treats could give a false positive reading for alcohol in breath tests, even if the driver hasn’t touched a drop.

An Aussie trucker demonstrated how the baked good affects breath readings in an online video.

The woman first blew into a hand-held breathalyser and showed it produced a 0 blood alcohol level (BAL) reading as a control test.

This time the screen showed a reading of 0.018 – meaning just two buns would probably produce a result of more than the UK legal limit of 0.08.

She told followers of the Facebook page for female truckers in Western Australia: “So, be really careful this Easter.”

Several other foods would also produce a reading like this, but return to zero a few moments later.

The City of Cape Town also said it has noted a local video doing the rounds on social media and instant messaging related to the consumption of hot cross buns and providing a false reading on a breathalyzer device.

“While we do not know the origin of the video, we are aware that this issue has come up before in Australia,” said Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith.

Smith then broke down the process that leads to the false reading on a breathalyzer device.

“Yeast converts sugar into carbon dioxide and ethanol, the latter which would be detected by a breathalyzer.

“The reading will only apply immediately after eating the food. And, while such a reading would probably be correct, the reality is that, if checked just 10 minutes later, the reading will likely revert to zero,” Smith said.
Another reason to stay away from hot cross buns this season.
Sources : IOL; TheSun.co.uk

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