Human breast milk ice cream banned
A London ice cream parlour has been forced to stop selling a flavour made with human breast milk.
Westminster Council officials took away samples for testing and later ordered The Icecreamists to stop selling the dish, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Matt O'Connor, the founder and owner of the parlour, said the £14 'Baby Gaga' ice cream dish had proved to be popular with the customers.
He claims the ban is an overreaction, claiming the key novelty ingredient was screened and tested before being used.
"We followed exactly the same screening process as any blood donor does, as any mother donating to a milk bank does," he said..
Westminster Councillor Brian Connell said officials had visited the parlour and removed the breast milk ice cream following two complaints from the public and concerns from health and food safety officials.
"Selling foodstuffs made from another person's bodily fluids can lead to viruses being passed on and in this case, potentially hepatitis," he said.
"As the local authority we will support small businesses and applaud innovative ideas wherever possible, but we must protect the health of consumers."
The breast milk was provided by mothers who answered an advertisement on online mothers' forum Mumsnet.
The Baby Gaga recipe blends breast milk with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest, which is then churned into ice cream.