Under the brand name of “Baby Gaga”, an ice-cream parlor called Icecreamists in London’s Covent Garden is selling human breast milk ice-cream for £14 a scoop. The breastmilk is purchased from lactating mothers, pasteurized and then blended with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest, which is then freshly churned into ice cream. A costumed Baby Gaga waitress serves the ice cream in a martini glass filled with the breast milk ice cream mix. Liquid nitrogen is then poured into the glass through a syringe and it is served with a rusk.
Authorities however, are not pleased. Local government officials had the ice cream confiscated following 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 company has said that the milk was screened in line with blood donor requirements before being pasteurized and churned together with vanilla pods and lemon zest. “As far as we are aware there is no law prohibiting a business from selling breast milk ice cream,” Matt O’Connor, founder of The Icecreamists, said in a statement.
The company had a “huge response” to its “fresh take” on the world of ice cream. The Icecreamists said that its “Baby Gaga” ice cream sold out as soon as it launched on Friday, and that more women had signed up to donate milk.