Officers from Westminster Council have reacted to public complaints by removing ice cream made with human breast milk from sale – to test whether it is fit for human consumption.
Icecreamists in London’s Covent Garden began selling the unusual product last month. It is made by mixing breast milk with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest. The milk has been donated by women who are paid £15 for every 10 ounces of their milk.
And the final product, known as Baby Gaga, came in at a whopping £14 per scoop. But the initial batch sold out quickly, helped no doubt by the many internet stories it generated.
“The response has been amazing. People at first say it’s disgusting because it’s a bodily fluid, but so is cow’s milk,” said the owner of Icecreamists, Matt O’Connor. “People love it when they try it.”
When launched, the Food Standards Agency commented that there are no specific laws prohibiting businesses from selling human milk products, but that they must comply with general food safety laws to ensure the product is safe.
But O’Connor says the product is perfectly safe, as the donors were medically screened and the milk mixture was pasteurised.
Westminster Council said it had received two complaints from members of the public and concerns were also raised by the Health Protection Agency, forcing it to act.
O’Connor meanwhile has no regrets. “We have had an amazing response – many women have come forward and offered to give us milk,” he said, before commenting, “You can buy alcohol and tobacco but not breast milk in Westminster.”
So is breast really best? And if breast milk ice cream is declared unfit for human consumption, where does this leave the many babies who have an all natural diet?
Or has Westminster Council made a boob?