Well, that didn’t last long: authorities confiscate breast milk ice cream

Well, that didn’t last long: authorities confiscate breast milk ice cream

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Last Friday we told you about the London scoop shop that was serving up ice cream made from human breast milk. Yesterday, local government officials in London, England, swooped into Icecreamists to confiscate the human-derived treat. Store owner Matt O’Connor had made the ice cream from milk donated by 15 women who responded to an on-line advertisement requesting their services. According to the Associated Press, a spokesperson from Westminster City Council said that government authorities were responding to complaints from the public suggesting that items made from other people’s bodily fluids should not be sold for public consumption.

O’Connor, meanwhile,  maintains that the milk was screened in line with blood donor requirements—guides to who can and can’t give blood in England can be found here—before being pasteurized. The store also reports a “huge response” to its new ice cream flavour, saying the human milk ice cream—titled “Baby Gaga”—sold out on its first day, and that women had signed up to donate more milk for subsequent batches. “As far as we are aware, there is no law prohibiting a business from selling breast milk ice cream,” O’Connor told the Associated Press in a statement. We’re guessing that cows everywhere are relieved that authorities are clamping down on the competition.

• Authorities confiscate breast milk ice cream [Associated Press]