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article imageUK confiscates 'Baby Gaga' breast milk ice cream, health concerns

By Kim I. Hartman     Feb 28, 2011 in Health
Covent Garden - The Icecreamists' popular new frozen treat made from a woman's breast milk has created a flurry of attention around the world, so much in fact that Bristish officials were forced to seize what remained of the concoction over public health concerns.
"A spokeswoman from Westminster City Council said Monday it was responding to two complaints from the public over whether a shop should be selling edibles made from other people's bodily fluids and awaiting guidance from Britain's Food Standards Agency. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with council policy," according to the Washington Post.
The frozen dessert in question, called 'Baby Gaga' and reported on by Digital Journal, is served in a Martini glass with an injection of liquid nitrogen and a rusk on the side. "The natural delicacy will set you back £14 ($23) for the dish."
The upscale ice cream parlour that offers the bizarre creation say it's made with a woman's "breast milk blended with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest, which is then freshly churned into ice cream," reports the Daily Mail.
Icecreamists owner Matt O'Connor say's the frozen mixture is "organic, free-range and totally natural, reported The Guardian. "The response has been amazing. People at first say it's disgusting because it's a bodily fluid, but so is cow's milk. People love it when they try it."
"The company paid women who donated their breast milk after health screening. The Food Standards Agency says there are no specific laws prohibiting businesses from selling human milk products, but they must comply with general food safety laws to ensure the product is safe for consumption," according to the Guardian.
But not everyone agrees on the safety of the product's made from human milk.
"The use of human breast milk is also concerning to public official's who say viruses, including hepatitis, can be passed through the mother's milk" to the person consuming the exotic dessert, reported ABC News.
The 'Baby Gaga' ice cream, which sold out the first day of sale, is being tested by health officials "with the full cooperation of the owner's of The Icecreamists" who now await the British government stamp of approval.
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