BIRD-IN-HAND, PA – A Lancaster County Amish bakery was shut down today after it was discovered they were using breast milk in their whoopie pies.
Yoder Baked Goods was shut down today after an anonymous tip and testing found they were using breast milk in their whoopie pies.
“We received a tip that the bakery was using questionable ingredients in their baked goods. Our initial inspection found the place clean and compliant for food safety, however, three whoopie pies tested positive for human DNA. We checked their cold storage and found the milk to be human breast milk.” explained Lancaster County Food Inspector Jeff Arendt.
A whoopie pie (alternatively known as a gob in western Pennsylvania) is a baked product that may be considered either a cookie, pie, sandwich, or cake. It is made of two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake, or sometimes pumpkin or gingerbread cake, with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them. Buttermilk is used in the recipe.
According to Arendt, “the whoopie pies likely posed no danger to the consumers who ate them but it is against the law to use human fluids in food.”
We visited Yoder Baked Goods for comment but nobody was present at the store.