Placenta smoothie woman faces probe

Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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A woman who makes smoothies from raw human placenta for new mothers is under investigation by public health officials.

Kathryn Beale, 41, from Swindon, Wiltshire, makes the drinks blended with fruit and juices for new mothers, who have supplied her with their own placenta.

Last week Swindon Borough Council applied for a hygiene emergency prohibition order against Miss Beale but the application was refused.

Miss Beale said she had voluntarily stopped making smoothies pending a visit from health officials to inspect hygiene standards but insisted she operated safely.

“I understand that they have to make sure that all food business are running safely,” she said.

“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.”

Miss Beale said she travels to the mother to make each smoothie and blends an 8cm-long piece of placenta with fruit and juices into the drink.

The remaining placenta can be dehydrated, ground into powder and made into capsules, which can be swallowed later.

“I do about two a month and nationwide there is another 50 or so encapsulators offering similar services to myself,” the mother-of-two said.

“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.

“I only prepare placenta smoothies when I am with the mother in her home or at her private hospital room because she needs to drink it straight away.

“I can’t be preparing it at home and driving it all the way to her house because it would not be fresh.

“I do the encapsulation at home. The environment health officers did come around to my home but they have not done a full inspection.

“They just chatted for a while and said they were coming back to do a full inspection.”

Miss Beale’s standard encapsulation service costs £150 and includes collection of the placenta and the umbilical cord made into a spiral or heart-shaped keepsake.

She charges an extra £20 for the smoothie and £60 for a heart-shaped umbilical cord keepsake set in resin.

A Swindon Borough Council spokeswoman 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.

“Whilst the health benefits of this activity are not clear, the processes involved in the production of human placenta for human consumption present a number of potentially serious health risks which explains this action.”

Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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