UK: Health officials stop sales of breast milk ice cream
They’ll be no more milk from mommy for customers of The Icecreamists, after local government officials confiscated ice cream made from human breast milk. The action came on Monday, when representatives of Westminster City Council removed the offending dairy products from the central London store. The infamous “Baby Gaga” ice cream was launched last week amid a flurry of press attention.
But it seems not everyone was enraptured by the discovery. A number of complaints arrived at the City Council’s door questioning the sale of edibles made from bodily fluids, and the myriad health hazards this could entail. It was these complaints that prompted the confiscation of the ice cream.
Officials from the Council said that the product is now being thoroughly tested with full cooperation from the producers, The Icecreamists. Although the company insists that the milk was screened in line with blood donor requirements before it was processed, this further testing and guidance from the UK’s Food Standards Agency will be needed before it can be put back on the market.
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I’m in Ice-creamists, an ice-cream parlour in London that’s done out like a sex shop from the 80s, and Matt O’Connor, the founder, is talking me through his new dessert. It contains milk from a human. Breast milk, you might call it. “I’m challenging the preconceptions we have about food, about farming . . .” He takes a moment, it’s either consideration or buildup: “About ice-cream!”
Hmm. When someone says breast milk ice-cream and we all rear away in horror, the problem is not, I think, that it has disturbed our views on ice-cream.
Zoe Williams took the taste test…
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