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Concerns 'expressed' over breast milk ice cream

With the start of Lent upon us, I’ve found something that I think I’ll have no trouble giving up – breast milk ice cream (although it’s not quite in the spirit of Lent since I’ve never tried it).
 
You might have seen the widespread reports that a London restaurant has been serving ‘Baby Gaga’ ice cream – made with breast milk donated by a London mother. The milk was reportedly expressed on site and pasteurised before being churned with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest. The ice cream has now been removed from the restaurant.

From a professional perspective, this is certainly not a straight forward case, but it’s important that any food sold is safe, especially with regard to possible risks from blood borne diseases, and I support the local authority’s decision to detain the ice cream until further investigations have been carried out.

From a personal point of view, I gave up drinking breast milk when I was six months old and it’s not something I’ve ever considered going back to.

What are your experiences of weird and wonderful foods?

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If people find the idea of consumption of human breast milk by humans to be be objectionable then is it not likely to be more on grounds of conditioning and taboo than for entirely rational reasons?

I agree, Terrence, that mammals secrete milk for the benefit if of new born offspring and that, as what your case, natures example indicates a need to be weaned off it.

But over millions of years of evolution nature has formulated human breast-milk to be the best adaptation there is for infant humans. Likewise cows-milk for calves, and goats milk for kids.

Many humans show mal-adaptation to the lactose present in cows-milk. Rationally speaking, there may be more grounds to be horrified at the prevalence of feeding human infants upon infant-formula.

Surely the FSA and its' senior officials can be rational enough to consider that all food must be safe, produced hygienically, and free from contamination. Expressing milk from a mothers breast is no less hygienic from a cows udder, surely? And objectively we should consider ourselves to be better adapted to human milk than that of another species.

Mostly though this has the ring of a publicity stunt, designed to attract custom and put bums on seats in otherwise increasingly difficult and competitive times. (How many servings were produced?) For this reason, mainly, I find it distasteful, but not something to get hot under the collar about.

Something worth getting hot under the collar about is the near total demise of any 'economic democracy' in the UKs Dairy industry. The producer (farmer) cannot set his price commensurate with his costs. Britain's dairy farmers claim they produce milk at a loss. The price in pence-per-litre (ppl) is dictated to him by the processor. The price the processor gets from the multiples is dictated by the bigger and most competitive of the multiples. Costs are rising. Processor RWD says 10% in oil-backed costs in the three or four months to January 2011. Yet neither processor nor producer is party to sufficient 'economic democracy' to preserve margins. One of the more 'mutual' of processors incorporated with a view to preserve some 'economic democracy' went bust some two years ago. Where's it all leading, this constant quest for value, and this constant need to find new products and/or markets?

Posted by Hal on March 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM GMT #

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