Breast milk ice cream goes on sale in Covent Garden

The makers say the ice cream is pure, organic and totally natural

A restaurant in London’s Covent Garden is serving a new range of ice cream, made with breast milk.

The dessert, called Baby Gaga, is churned with donations from London mother Victoria Hiley, and served with a rusk and an optional shot of Calpol or Bonjela.

Mrs Hiley, 35, said if adults realised how tasty breast milk was more new mothers would be encouraged to breastfeed.

Each serving of Baby Gaga at Icecreamists costs £14.

Mrs Hiley’s donation was expressed on site and pasteurised before being churned with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest.

Icecreamists founder Matt O’Connor placed an advert appealing for breast milk donations and believes his new recipe will be a success.

“If it’s good enough for our children, it’s good enough for the rest of us,” he said.

“Some people will hear about it and go yuck – but actually it’s pure organic, free-range and totally natural.”

He added that the ice cream was not certified organic.

Mrs Hiley, who gets £15 for every 10 ounces of milk she donates to the company, said it was a great “recession beater”.

“What’s the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash?” she added.

“I teach women how to get started on breastfeeding their babies. There’s very little support for women and every little helps.”

Mr O’Connor said 14 other women had come forward to offer their services. Health checks for the lactating women were the same used by hospitals to screen blood donors.

“No-one’s done anything interesting with ice cream in the last hundred years,” he added.

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Baby Gaga breast milk ice cream seized for safety tests

Matt O’Connor from The Icecreamists insists the Baby Gaga dessert is safe

Ice cream made from breast milk has been removed from a central London restaurant on health grounds following complaints by members of the public.

The dessert, called Baby Gaga, went on sale at ice cream parlour Icecreamists in Covent Garden in February.

But Westminster Council officers removed the product to make sure it was “fit for human consumption”.

Icecreamist founder Matt O’Connor said the donor was medically screened and the milk mixture was pasteurised.

‘Amazing response’

The ice cream was churned with donations from London mother Victoria Hiley, and served with a rusk and an optional shot of Calpol or Bonjela. Each serving costs £14.

Westminster council said it had received two complaints from members of the public and concerns were raised by the Health Protection Agency and Food Standards Agency.

Tory Westminster Councillor Brian Connell said: “Selling foodstuffs made from another person’s bodily fluids can lead to viruses being passed on and, in this case, potentially hepatitis.

“As the local authority we will support small businesses and applaud innovative ideas wherever possible, but must protect the health of consumers.”

Mr O’Connor, said: “We have had an amazing response – many women have come forward and offer to give us milk.

“You can buy alcohol and tobacco but not breast milk in Westminster.

“If Westminster bans this then I am going to begin a protest with mums who have already shown support.”

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Baby Gaga breast milk ice cream ‘seized’ by council

Ice cream made from human breast milk has been removed from a restaurant in London, following complaints by members of the public.

The Baby Gaga dessert went on sale at ice cream parlour Icecreamists in Covent Garden in February.

The product sold out hours after it went on sale and up to 200 women have asked if they can donate.

Richard Block from Westminster Council has told the BBC that there are risks if the breast milk isn’t adequately screened.

But Matt O’Connor, the man behind the idea, says they have followed all the correct screening procedures and that the product is safe.

Matt Cooke reports.

Via | BBC

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