Human breast milk ice cream, which was taken off its founder’s shelve on health ground recently is set to go back to shelves for sale at the Covent Garden parlour after council chiefs admitted that it has gaffed in taken them off.
It has now been certified as healthy, good and safe for human consumption.
Westminster confiscated the Baby Gaga flavour at Ice ceramists following two complaints from the public and sent it away to test for viral infections including hepatitis.
The ice cream consists of breast milk blended with vanilla pods and lemon zest. Parlour founder Matt O’Connor, 44, had insisted he had taken “every possible precaution” with the flavour and Westminster said that it can go back on sale.
Called Baby Gaga, the ice cream went on sale at ice cream parlour Icecreamists in Covent Garden in mid February.
But curious Westminster Council officers removed the product for laboratory tests to make sure it was “fit for human consumption” after some customer cmplained.
Icecreamist founder Matt O’Connor had insisted the donor was medically screened and the milk mixture was pasteurised.
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.
However, Westminster council said it received two complaints 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.”
“We have had an amazing response – many women have come forward and offer to give us milk, O’Connor, said.
“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.”
The new victory for human breast ice cream however came after pop star Lady Gaga began legal proceedings against Icecreamists claiming that the ice cream is “nausea-inducing” and “intended to take advantage of [her] reputation and goodwill”.
Mr O’Connor, who previously led direct action group Fathers 4 Justice, said: “Breast milk is not dangerous and Westminster council confiscated our product in the full knowledge that we had done all the proper tests.
Westminster’s food safety manager, Richard Block however admitted the council ‘boobed’ in takin the removal action adding:
“We have now received confirmation from the lab that the product did not contain any harmful bacteria or viruses. Our investigation into the safety of the product is now over.