A 41-year-old woman from Swindon in the U.K. is under investigation after selling human placenta smoothies for $35 to new mothers who supply their own placentas.
Kathryn Beale 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.
Obviously, Beale attracted attention — in the form of Swindon Borough Council, which is concerned enough to apply for a “hygiene emergency prohibition order” to stop her from selling the smoothies.
Even though that order was refused, Beale has stopped making the smoothies for now, as she awaits health inspectors who wish to check her hygiene standards.
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’s bespoke service doesn’t stop at human placenta smoothies, as she also offers a service drying out the remaining placenta before grinding it down into powder and making it into capsules for swallowing.
For that, a new mother would be looking to pay 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, revealing as follows.
“I do about two a month and nationwide there is another 50 or so encapsulators offering similar services to myself. I have been doing it two years but certainly since I have been doing it has been quite popular. There is no eating of anyone else’s placenta. It is all quite tightly controlled, stored properly and chilled. Everything has to be cleaned and sterilised and there is quite strict hygiene involved.”
For now, the Swindon Council is looking for other ways to investigate the practices of Miss Beale, as a spokesperson said.
“We can confirm public protection officers attended court on March 10 seeking a hygiene emergency prohibition order in respect of raw human placenta practices.The order was not granted on this occasion. Our investigations continue and we are therefore unable to comment further at this stage.”