Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Breast milk ice cream seized for safety tests

Breast milk ice cream seized for safety testsWestminster took the Baby Gaga flavour at Icecreamists and sent it away to test for viral infections. The ice cream consists of breast milk blended with vanilla pods and lemon zest. Founder Matt O'Connor, 44, today said he had taken "every possible precaution" over the recipe and that he was considering a protest if Westminster bans him from selling it.

Mr O'Connor, who previously led direct action group Fathers 4 Justice, said: "Our donor was screened at a leading medical clinic and then the ice cream mix is fully pasteurised. We have had a fantastic response and 200 women have come forward and offer to give us milk."

Brian Connell, Westminster's cabinet member for business, said: "Following two complaints from members of the public and concerns from the Health Protection Agency and Food Standards Agency, our officers visited the premises and removed all ice cream being sold as containing breast milk.

"Selling foodstuffs made from another person's bodily fluids can lead to viruses being passed on and in this case, potentially hepatitis."


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