Jodi - posted on 03/02/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )
Breastmilk ice-cream confiscated for testing
Westminster Council has acted to remove all ice-cream containing breastmilk after being contacted by members of the public and the Food Standards Agency.
"Selling foodstuffs made from another person's bodily fluids can lead to viruses being passed on and in this case, potentially hepatitis," Brian Connell, Westminster Council's cabinet member for business.
Ice-cream parlour owner, Matt O'Connor, 44, has agreed to cease making and serving the ice-cream while it was being tested. But he has dismissed the health concerns, saying that the breast milk had undergone the same "scrupulous" screening procedures as the breastmilk found in breastmilk donation banks. He said: "Our donor was screened at a leading medical clinic and then the ice cream mix is fully pasteurised.”
O’Connor declared that the breastmilk had been provided by women who responded to an advert on an online mothers' forum – “We have had a fantastic response and 200 women have come forward and offered to give us milk.”
O'Connor plans to fight to continue to sell his breastmilk ice-cream if Westminster decides on a permanent ban ‘Baby Gaga’ following the testing. Any fight with the council O’Connor would hope to resolve before the London Summer arrives! Although at £14 a serve, for the ice-cream of breastmilk blended with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest, it is unlikely to be a treat for your average Aussie backpacker in Covent Garden.
O’Connor is not the first restaurateur to explore breast-milk food creations. Chef Daniel Angerers, owner of Klee Brasserie in New York, blogged about his experiments with in Mommy’s milk cheese back in Feb 2010. His exotic fromage creations use his wife’s breast milk. link: chefdanielangerer
Angerers says: “My cooking instincts are rather natural (eg, sourcing ingredients from the local market, eating sustainable seafood, buying free-range-all-natural poultry). But THIS is a whole other level of ‘natural’.”