England is facing a rather novel legal issue: Toni Ebdon has opened up a type of Internet dairy . . . using her own breast milk. The 26-year-old nursing mother is selling her excess milk — raising obvious legal questions. Most of her customers apparently are men.
Ebdon is selling the milk through www.gumtree.com and thought that new mothers having trouble producing milk might value the service. Instead, she was primarily contacted by people who wanted the milk for their own non-nursing consumption.
Her milk is a bit pricey: 15 pounds (or $26) for half a cup — offered fresh or frozen. She had 10 regular customers before the site took down the ad but she continues to sell her milk at a considerable profit. She does not (yet) offer two-percent or skim options.
I find it amazing that the English officials have not shutdown the business. After all, this is at best an unlicensed dairy operation and at worst the selling of human fluids for personal consumption. There is also the fascinating potential for civil liability. If someone gets sick from the milk, is she still a casual seller or a commercial supplier under product liability rules? Presumably, this is against the law making this negligence per se, but I am unclear on the laws of England. In the United States, this operation would have been shutdown fairly quickly.
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