Most of mammals eat their own placenta straight after giving birth. But we, human don’t do it.
But a Kathryn Beal, 41-year-old makes smoothies for $35 from raw human placenta. For this, she has been placed under investigation by council officials over fears that it may not be safe for consumption.
Beale from Swindon in the U.K, even offers a door-to-door service, traveling to the new mother’s house to collect the placenta and then using a piece of it in the blended fruity beverage.
Public health agents in Swindon, went to court to get an emergency prohibition order against Kathryn Beale amid concerns that the practice involves a number of potential serious health risks.
But Ms Beale, a mother of two, has insisted that her business is safe – and the application to temporarily shut it down was refused.
Even though that the attempt to get a legal injunction failed, Beale volunteered stopped making the smootthies until she could gain official hygiene rating.
As she told reporters, “I understand that they have to make sure that all food business are running safely. I think they have been a bit overzealous in trying to shut me down without doing a full inspection. I believe that I do it safely.”
Beale makes the smoothies by cutting up small pieces of placenta and blending them with fruit. The remainder of the organ can then by dehydrated and ground and making it into capsules for swallowing.
For that service, she collected around $250, while a heart-shaped umbilical cord keepsake set in resin costs $100.
Beale told reporters that she isn’t the only one who offers such a service, nationwide there is another 50 offering similar services. She’s been doing it two years and it is all quite tightly controlled, stored properly and chilled. Everything has to be cleaned and sterilized.
For now, the Swindon Council is looking for other ways to investigate the practices of Miss Beale.
Although the placenta is widely considered to be full of nutrients given the role it plays in transferring sustenance to the baby, the pros and cons – and ethics – of eating it are much debated.