Dishes cooked with human breast milk spark public fury

BEIJING: Revelations that a restaurant in China is serving dishes cooked with human breast milk farmed from mothers living in rural areas have sparked public fury, newspapers reported yesterday.  

Several editorials in the Chinese press slammed the meals as “immoral,” while online chat rooms blasted the restaurant owner and threatened to tear his place down. 

“Goddammit, it is disgusting and wrong to deceive the young peasant mothers,” one young woman surnamed Huang said on the website.        

A public official, writing on the same website, said it wasn’t right to use a mother’s milk for cooking as it was needed to feed their babies. 

“I don’t know if there are any laws that can stop this sort of action. If not, then we should implement one so the whole society can condemn it,” he said. 

Local media reported earlier this week that a restaurant in Changsha, capital of southern Hunan province, offered two dishes to reporters cooked with breast milk for the first time on January 25 – an abalone dish and a perch dish. 

The owner, who was not named, planned to expand the business to the boom town of Shenzhen across the border from Hong Kong.  

There was also talk of a banquet featuring 108 dishes made with human milk. 

The Beijing Times said the milk came from six peasant women who were still breast-feeding their children. No details were given on how much they were paid. 

One furious reader on asked for the address of the restaurant.  

“I’m going to tear it down,” he said. 

The outrage appeared to dampen the restaurant owner's enthusiasm to host his planned money-spinning business. 

“Now is not a good time to start the human milk banquets,” he said. 

However, an editorial in the Beijing Youth Daily noted that even though the banquets had been temporarily postponed, local media indicated there was demand for it. 

It noted that many media reports had discussed whether the plan would be economically viable. 

It was not clear whether using breast milk for cooking violated any laws. – AFP  

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