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The Covent Garden ice cream parlour which recently got busted by Westminster council health operatives over its creamy blend of human mam milk, vanilla pods and lemon zest, now faces a far more serious threat to its jub juice concoction: Lady Gaga. The singer has taken serious exception to the "Baby Gaga" name which …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Lady Gaga

    Vapid twat.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      jealous much ?

      as title.

    2. El
      Paris Hilton

      It takes two to tangle

      When one vapid twat sues another vapid twat, only the lawyers win. Grab a seat and pass the popcorn...

  2. Loyal Commenter


    Maybe the surviving members of Queen should sue her for copyright infringement of their song, 'Radio Gaga'?

    Idiot attention-whore.

    1. Darren B 1

      Oh yes, sue the freak!

      She openly admits it.

      1. g e


        Did some work at EMI years ago. Remember some middle-manager guy walking through the office talking to someone saying of higher management 'They're shitting themselves. Queen management are all over this.'

        So yes, maybe a good shoeing from proper big boys would make her shut her pointless piehole.

        Vapid Twat [homage to earlier posting]

  3. Atonnis

    Meh, it's all lawyers...

    Once again the lawyers go after anyone they can in an attempt to screw every penny out of anyone they can.

    This should be dismissed summarily and the lawyers made to pay for the challenge.

    And breast-milk ice-cream? Seriously, yuk.

  4. Anonymous Coward


    ..Dear Mr Lawyer.

    you may wish to understand trademanrk law before firing off these letters. By saying that our breastmilk ice cream infringes on her name can only apply that she is an utter tit, as that is the only thing I can see in common.

    Now F**K off.

    Lots of Love

    The makers of GAGA Ice cream

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Breast milk unsafe?

    If it's unsafe for human comsumption then why do we give it to babies?

    1. Liam Johnson

      Re Breast milk unsafe?

      Breast milk can transmit disease to babies, but so can breathing on it. In other words, there are few diseases that a baby can get from breast milk that it does not already have from being in the womb for 9 months and in its mother’s arms since then.

      Apparently HIV positive mothers can receive drugs to reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to the baby during pregnancy. If the baby is born without HIV then it is not recommended that the mother breastfeeds. The risk of catching HIV outweighs the benefits of the milk.

      If the baby already has HIV from the mother, then there is probably no additional risk from breastfeeding. This does not mean that the milk is safe for anyone else!

      Pasteurisation should sort this out, if it is properly done.

  6. Michael 28

    Serious health and safety issue, this!!!

    Hepatitis, mastitis, and god knows how many STD's could be caught from this material. And don't get me started on those muppets selling unpasteurised cheese and milk.

    Point is, if patient zero can be traced back to said ice-cream establishment, it could be the start of a series of civil suits against him, and then there's food safety...a criminal matter.

    Clearly Lady Gaga has the good sense to distance herself AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE from this idiot.

    1. g e

      I'm sure potentially

      That in the correct circumstances you actually could catch most of that from lady gaga too.

      Maybe a trademark suit is warranted after all.

    2. SImon Hobson

      What !

      >> Hepatitis, mastitis, and god knows how many STD's could be caught from this material. And don't get me started on those muppets selling unpasteurised cheese and milk.

      STDs ? From Breast Milk ?

      As already suggested, if it's so darn bad for people, why do we feed babies on it ?

      And I might point out that humans have been around on this earth for far longer than pasteurisation, so if unpasteurised milk and cheese is so bad for us, just how on earth did our species survive for all those thousands of years ?

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Hepa-tits and mas-tits?

      >Hepatitis, mastitis, and god knows how many STD's could be caught from this material.

      If you followed the story, the milk is pasteurised. Besides, as the guy below said, why do we give it to babies if it's so dangerous? To ensure that babies inherit their parents diseases?

      >Point is, if patient zero can be traced back to said ice-cream establishment, it could be the start of a series of civil suits against him

      The seller is happy to sell his ice cream, and I'd be happy to sue him to get some easy money. So since people are happy on both sides, I'm not sure what you're complaining about.

      >Clearly Lady Gaga has the good sense to distance herself AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE from this idiot.

      By jumping on the breast milk ice cream story and have her name publicised alongside the product in the media, just like in this very article? I somehow fail to follow your logic.

    4. Anonymous Coward


      You obviously missed the part of the article that said the ice-cream has passed all health checks. How about you read the whole thing before making baseless accusations?

      1. Michael 28


        .... Yes i know it said that , i'm sure it probably even mentioned which official government organisations (VLA) certified it for distribution into the general population zoonoses -free, and maybe mastitis isn't totally an std, but a zoonoses as well. And yes, cheese IS made from bacteria/fungi from culture libraries,or seed starter culture, but even those need rigorous screening , and require a minimum bulk to start with. (See murray moo-young "comprehensive Biotechnology")... as for me being a muppet, i consider myself in the same grouping as edwina currie then, and we ALL know how wrong SHE was? yes? And the potato famine could have been avoided with a more advanced breed of potato? yes?

        .... what(ever!)

    5. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Michael Troll is Obvious

      "And don't get me started on those muppets selling unpasteurised cheese and milk."

      You, sir, are a muppet and a troll. Every time you eat Cheddar cheese you're eating unpasteurised cheese. Cheddar cannot be called cheddar unless it's unpasteurised - it's part of the cheddaring method. So tell me, how unsafe is the single most widely-eaten kind of cheese in Britain?

      1. It wasnt me
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        I cant be arsed to point out alll the inaccuracies in this post, so find them youself. Clue, there are at least 4.

        Oh, and the mammary cheese was pasteurised anyhow, so its all irrelevant.

    6. El
      Paris Hilton


      Add HIV to the list of diseases that can be transmitted via breast milk. Of course, since human breast milk is quite expensive and hard to come by, I suspect this ice cream shop is simply lying about one of the main ingredients used...

      Would you consume anything that came out of Paris's nipples?

    7. Steve Smith 5

      Well I never!...Apparently I need to add a title

      "Clearly Lady Gaga has the good sense to distance herself AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE from this idiot."

      There's a few more things I wish it would distance itself from AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, like maybe a microphone and any kind of recording studio, or maybe even Oxygen.

  7. Richard Wharram

    Under what law ?

    I don't understand the charge.

    1. veti Silver badge

      It's called "trademark"

      From the Intellectual Property Office website (

      "Where the registered mark has a significant reputation, infringement may also arise from the use of the same or a similar mark which, although not causing confusion, damages or takes unfair advantage of the reputation of the registered mark. This can occasionally arise from the use of the same or similar mark for goods or services which are dissimilar to those covered by the registration of the registered mark."

      Hope this helps. Note that I am not expressing any kind of opinion about the law, merely answering your question.

  8. Anonymous Coward
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    Another pointless

    farted up little arse of an artisit with notions of self importance WAY above her weight.

    Ga-ga, gaga or however you wish to pronounce it is a word, not a fucking trade mark.

    Now, please, stay in America where you may be appreciated. We across the pond have no use for you or your ilk. We have enough prats whose heads whistle in crosswinds without you adding to the mix.

    Milky Milky.......

    1. BorkedAgain
      Thumb Up

      "...whose heads whistle in crosswinds..."

      Genius. I salute you.


      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Glad to share...


        Now, use it well my padawan.....

  9. Ommerson

    Where have we seen this tactic before?

    So, the Icecreamists have taken viral marketing strategy similar to those used by none other than Lady Gaga herself.

  10. Anonymous Coward


    ...and that's why they said all the milk was screened you muppet.

    It's not like it's straight from the breast into the bowl...

    No more a safety issue than *properly screened* cows' milk or human blood transfusions.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: *sigh*

      "It's not like it's straight from the breast into the bowl..."

      Ooh, now that's a different niche market product altogether and you can find many good video examples of the production online I believe.

    2. Michael 28

      re:re: !sigh!

      ......"...and that's why they said all the milk was screened you muppet.

      It's not like it's straight from the breast into the bowl...

      No more a safety issue than *properly screened* cows' milk or human blood transfusions."

      Screened by who for what? and whose word are you taking for it? Who did the auditing? Is it GMP compliant? Hell! since it dosen't come from a Veterinary source, but a Human source, is it classed under Biopharmaceutical rather than Veterinary legislation.

      Did this guy ask for any advice before launching this product or not? Is it injurious to public health? might not die , but you might transmit something to someone else...maybe someone older..or pregnant. The point is, you don't know.

      probably is no more serious than cows milk. BUT! .....if (and it's a BIG if)

      what's the worst case scenario, and

      who's responsible if things go!..certainly not o'Connor.

      People have become FAR too complacent about food safety these days, in my opinion.

      BTW...from the breast into the bowl does satisfy proper aseptic technique, and the milk dosen't come from a pooled source, so on those scores it is safer than o'connors product, and also, you get to do your own visual QC evaluation directly. And if you get to this stage with anyone, you've probably got a lot of microflora in common anyway.

  11. Piloti

    Veggies and Vegans.....

    Would they eat it ?

    I have no clue. As a vegetarian, I ice cream. I have occasional bouts of vegan-ism, so I would not becuase of the cow milk thing.

    But if it we 100% human.... ?

    me thinks..... probably not.

    The thought of it more than anything, regarldess of the taste.

    1. Evil Auditor Silver badge


      Well, do veggies and vegans ever some nail-biting? I'm neither of it nor do I chew my nails but there are still some good reasons for _not_ eating this ice cream.

  12. Gideon 1

    Serious health and safety issue?

    Unpasteurised milk and cheese is on sale throughout Europe, including UK supermarkets. Clearly sellers of unpasteurised milk and cheese are not 'muppets', only those that call them that.

    1. Michael 28

      To an extent...

      ...Most of the continental Unpasteurised milk producers have heavily controlled dairies, and the cattle practically live in laboratory conditions and are carefully audited.

      I do remember quite a few of the smaller cheese start-ups claim unpasteurised milk in their cheese. Most of them don't last...salmonella takes a big toll.

      Yes, there are sellers of these products who are not muppets, but who have taken the expensive option of management testing, audit and control to minimise health risks. (the smart ones have their own gmp compliant in-house laboratory)

      The "muppets" are the ones who start cheesemaking or hobby farming as a part time interest, and start flogging product willy nilly without measuring the consequences.

      They are the ones I have the least sympathy for because they're the most lethal.

      1. Jimmahh

        Nasty Lab work if you get it....

        "...the cattle practically live in laboratory conditions"

        Nobody shit on the floor in any of the labs I've worked in.... *shrug*

  13. peyton?

    re: feed it to babies posts

    Not all babies are breast fed ffs. Pathogens can show up in breast milk.

    That said, and as has been pointed out, this was allegedly pasteurized, so should have been safe for consumption.

  14. nsld

    Dear Lady Gaga

    I would refer you to Arkell versus Pressdram (1971)

    Yours faithfully

    The entire universe

    1. John H Woods Silver badge

      Verbum sapientis satis...

      I was very fond of referring people to this case but an acquaintance told me that one risks exposing oneself as a legal ingénue by using the word 'versus' in the context of an English civil case, Apparently if you want to do it properly you should write it 'v.' and pronounce it 'and'.

      IANAL and would be glad to hear if this is useful advice or if I was being fed a line ...

      1. nsld
        Paris Hilton

        you are correct

        All legal cases are X v. Y in English courts

        But most people dont get that and the term "versus" has moved into more common usage outside the courtroom, probably due to its use in many merkin TV drama's

        I probably should have written

        " I would refer you to response in the matter of Arkell v. Pressdram (1971)"

        I shall now await the rise of the pedants as IANAL either.

        1. Richard 120

          IANAL either

          But surely the whole point of the court case is party (or parties) A versus party (or parties) B

          I'm not sure why it would make a difference that it's v. said "and"

          probably some bizarre legalese rules

          It's the legalese and the strict adherence to the word of the law whilst remaining completely ignorant of the spirit of the law which makes those fluent in legalese a lot of money, IMO (allegedly etc.).

          1. John H Woods Silver badge

            Ok ... from the lawyer's mouth

            He tells me that 'v.' stands for 'versus' but should not be written 'vs' or 'versus'.

            It is pronounced 'and' in civil cases (Smith v. Jones) and 'against' in criminal ones (R. v. Jones) where R. is Regina or the Crown.

            I asked him why and he said he didn't know, but thought it was useful for working out if people knew what they sounding off about. When I said that was typical of lawyers to be deliberately arcane he pointed out that I had sniggered when he had referred to his desktop computer as 'the hard drive', and he suggested that 'geeks' probably use a similar strategy to assess the competence of the folks they are dealing with.

  15. Test Man


    It's amazing how many mugs there are here, talking total rubbish. For a start, as it's been pointed out numerous times, the milk is pasteurised. Even if it isn't, it's hardly going to kill, seeing as babies drink it straight from the source. In fact, there's a campaign to get more people to feed their kids breast milk!

    Secondly, it's blatantly obvious that the owner of the ice cream shop has been "inspired" by Lady Gaga in naming it. To deny it is to make yourself look like a fool. Even Lady Gaga has blatantly stated where she got her inspiration for the name from, so lets not lie here and excuse someone from a lack of imagination.

    Lastly, the owner claiming that it's a sound a baby makes - don't excuse it for the clear copying infringement it is. If you were right, you would change it to Baby Googoo or numerous other things babies are said to say. No, you clearly don't want to because you're desperate to trade on Lady Gaga's name. Simple as.

    1. Stratman


      Where does the reclusive warblette stand if the shop owner says he got his inspiration from Queen's Radio Gaga?

      1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: title

        On a huge towering tower of bullshit?

        1. taxman

          Towering tower?

          Would that be a teetering towering tower?

          Time for another.

          1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

            Re: Towering tower?

            A pretty solid towering tower, actually.

            1. PDS

              Re: Re: Towering tower?

              Oh God, dont give her more ideas......

              1. Richard 120
                Paris Hilton


                I call parody and fair use.

                So stuff Lady Gaga, actually no, belay that. I really wouldn't.

  16. Blake St. Claire

    Where do you get enough to make ice cream with?

    I have to wonder where one gets enough human milk to make ice cream with.

    Do you just put an ad on CraigsList?

    > And breast-milk ice-cream? Seriously, yuk.

    Actually it's not so bad. Breast milk that is, I haven't had the ice cream. Just leave the kid with the 'rents and go away for the weekend -- your wife won't give you a choice in the matter.

  17. Richard Fletcher
    IT Angle

    Wrong arguments.

    @SImon Hobson - the problem with arguments that go "we've done this for thousands of years without destroying the race" is that the average life span of a human for the last thousand years or so is a lot lower than it is now.

    @AC 10th March 2011 13:16 GMT - A single baby drinking it's mothers breast milk is not a good argument here either. A more appropriate comparison is having hundreds of babies drinking the milk from hundreds of mothers. I'm not sure we would think that is as safe.

    The questions about the safety should be "how effective is pasteurisation?" for example, does it kill protein based illnesses, (CJD?) and does it matter if it doesn't? Also, is there testing made of cows milk that isn't done here that should be.

    I'm ignoring the Lady Gaga stuff because I don't really care about Lady Gaga.

  18. Cameron Colley

    RE: Breast milk safety.

    Yes, in this case it appears that the milk is screened and pasteurised.

    But, the argument that "babies are fed it so it must be fine" is downright stupid. For example: if a mother has HIV and does not pass it on to her baby in the womb it may still pass in breast milk -- I wonder if it would pass to another human? Human milk could carry pathogens, and is probably more likely to carry human pathogens than cow milk.

  19. Anonymous Coward

    There is also

    strong scientific evidence that not feeding breast milk to (at least) babies can reduce the efficiency of the immune system as even harmless pathogens / bacteria etc make the immune system respond. Kids being brought up in these ultra disinfected days seem to be made of somewhat less stout constitution than those of my era.. Being 20-25 and off work for "stress" is considered normal these days...Still, nature will always weed out the runts....

  20. John G Imrie

    Arkell vs. Pressdram

    I was going to mention the infamous Arkell vs. Pressdram case, but I see the Anonymous coward posting here has already done so.

  21. Anonymous Coward

    I can't be the only one ....

    ... who read "mam milk" as "man milk"


    1. Anonymous Coward

      Sorry you are the only one.

      edges further away.

  22. Disco-Legend-Zeke

    Ice Cream? Bagh! Human Milk Comes... such attractive containers.

    Accept no substitutes.

  23. MinionZero

    Oh the irony...

    @"the name has anything to do with Lady Gaga, defending: "It's just the first noise a baby makes"

    Warning: Irony Overload Detected! ... must ... fight ... against ... need ... to ... make ... the ... joke ... connection! :)

  24. KroSha

    Not quite so simple

    I'm ignoring the the Help & Save-me claptrap. The guy who makes the stuff knows about food hygiene; he wouldn't last long in a dairy-based business if he didn't. He's gone through screening and had it pasteurised etc.

    The "passing off" case isn't quite as simple as the Reg article makes out. If you look here ( ), you see that he has unfortunately decided to dress his servers in Lady GaGa "inspired" kit.

    Possibly he might have got away with the GaGa thing if he hadn't decided to milk it quite so much?

    1. Test Man
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      I hope this bloke gets hammered. He's clearly trading on the Lady Gaga name and associated marketing.

    2. Liam Johnson

      knows about food hygiene

      If you buy a few liters of pasteurised milk to make ice-cream, and it turns out to be infected, then it is someone else's problem. Someone else down the supply chain hasn't kept up with their legal requirements for hygiene. Normal dairy farmers get checked, but there is no similar mechanism in place for human milk. Additionally, few disease in cows milk can be transfered to humans, so a bit of lax control of the pasteurisation process might not be a problem. Every single disease in human milk can be transfered to humans, so the quality bar needs to be set higher.

      So, the health squad pop down to the shop and ask "has this milk be pasteurised properly" and the guy naturally answers, "sure gov". Are you going to believe him and run the risk of problems, or are you going to check the stuff independently first?

      In the meantime he has been given a green light to sell the stuff.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I hear that Lyons Maid ...

    ... are about to launch "Lester Haines Semen". Any objections?

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A word of advice

    Avoid the chocolate chip flavour.

  27. Anonymous Coward

    Everyone seems to be unaware

    that gaga was a fairly common word (meaning crazy) long before Queen used it in a song title.

  28. dssf

    In cartoons, babies go...

    "goo-goo, gah-gah"... They preceded the BIRTH of "Lady Gaga". So, she should be quiet.

  29. nsld

    She hasnt got a leg to stand on!

    Just checked the IPO Website and Tescos have the app in for GAGA.

    Her daftness has apps in for Lady Gaga but not for food classes.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      So then ...

      It only remains for Tesco™ to sell their rights to Coca-Cola® who will sue Icecreamists℠ for infringement of their protected property and use the proceeds to fight a global lawsuit against Pepsi® for the right to be the planet's biggest tit.

      Buy a glass of milk now, while you can still afford one.

  30. Andrew Moore

    Simple compromise...

    Just rename the ice cream Babyo Gaga...

  31. Olafthemighty

    The only reasonable reply

    ...would involve some reference to Pressdram v. Arkell

  32. Rob Dobs

    How about a fund to donate for a countersuit?

    twats like this should be put in their place for trying to put fear of living and creating in all of us.

    This guy should sue the crap out of her for unlawfully suppressing his right to do business.

    I'm tired of stupid wankers thinking just because they have a trademark on their mark in their business that they somehow own WORDS THAT EXISTED AGES BEFORE THEM.

    Her music was OK, she's on my SHIT LIST now.

  33. The Beer Monster

    Lady Gaga

    Say what you like - the bloke puts on a good show.

    (Nicked from Mock the Week, IIRC).

  34. JaitcH

    "Ga Ga" - babies have a common usage claim to that,, not some tramp.

    I distinctly recall babies going "Ga Ga" years before this female trash was even born, so where does she get off claiming she has IP rights.

    This stuff is going too far.

  35. John 62

    simple name change

    All we want is Baby-o-gaga, baby-o-gaga!

    [not really, of course the power of suggestion, for all you old-school Harry Hill fans]

    The bigger irony is that we don't just steal milk from calves, the bull calves tend to be shot because they obviously won't produce milk, you only need a _tiny_ number for propagation of the species and bull calves born to today's milk-producers-on-legs aren't economical for beef, and no-one wants veal.

    1. Richard 120

      I do

      I like Veal, and Zebra, Kudu, Wildebeest, Lamb, Venison, Wild Boar, Ostrich, Bison, Kangaroo, Springbok & Blesbok

      Even some insects.

      mmmmm, meat.

      Nothing seems to be quite as good as a decent slice of smoked pig though.

  36. Anonymous Coward

    Probably the correct responce is to Miss Gaga is

    Sorry who are you?

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