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Breast Milk Ice Cream: Is 'Baby Gaga' Treat Safe?

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on March 01, 2011 12:12 PM

Gourmet ice cream is booming these days, with shops popping up from coast to coast. Frozen superstars create unique and intriguing combinations--flavors like milk chocolate tarragon and Guinness gingerbread.

If you think your local parlor is pushing the envelope with similar flavors, think again. Because The Icecreamists, an "edgy" ice cream shop out of London, is ripping that envelope right open and tearing it to shreds. They've done the unthinkable--they've gone back to the basics. Yep. They're using human breast milk.

Those who follow the recent trend towards foodie shock and awe have probably heard tales of breast milk ice cream--even if this one is most wonderfully named "Baby Gaga." In September 2008, PETA, citing a Swiss restaurant serving breast milk concoctions, urged Ben & Jerry's to go breast milk. They got told to go home.

Before you seek out any breast milk ice cream, you probably want to know if it's safe. Here's your government-provided sort-of answer.

According to the CDC and FDA reports NPR, "Baby Gaga" does come with a few health risks if her mother wasn't screened properly. Breast milk can carry infectious diseases, chemical contaminants, illegal drugs, and some prescription drugs that are found in a woman's body.

So, breast milk ice cream isn't necessarily unsafe, but if you decide to try a little "Baby Gaga," or farm a local pediatrician's office for some excess breast milk, make sure you know who it came from.

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