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U.K. Deems Breast Milk Ice Cream Safe to Eat

The Icecreamists

LONDON -- Breast milk ice cream was back on the menu at a London parlor Wednesday after council officials confirmed it is safe for human consumption.

The ice cream, dubbed Baby Gaga by maker Icecreamists, was confiscated by Westminster council and sent for laboratory tests after two members of the public complained that it could contain hepatitis viruses.

Richard Block, of Westminster council, told the London Evening Standard newspaper, "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."

However, Icecreamists founder Matt O'Connor, 44, said he was considering suing the council over the bad publicity the ban brought the product -- which is made from donated breast milk combined with vanilla pods and lemon zest.

"Breast milk is not dangerous and Westminster council confiscated our product in the full knowledge that we had done all the proper tests," he said."We are considering taking legal action because this has damaged our reputation."

"They should have waited until they got the tests back before saying our product could have been a risk to the public," he added.

The ice cream has caused controversy on both sides of the Atlantic since its launch last month, with US pop star Lady Gaga last week beginning legal proceedings against the makers.

The singer described the product as "nausea-inducing" and said it "intended to take advantage of [her] reputation and goodwill."

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