The release of Pete Evans’ latest paleo cookbook for babies and new parents has been pushed back due to serious health concerns.
The ludicrously titled Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way, a comprehensive book of paleo-friendly recipes and DIY formulas, was due to hit stores on Friday but has been given a “held back release” following intervention from health officials.
The DIY formula recipe, in particular, has caused a major stir for the release, as it allegedly contains more than ten times the safe maximum intake of vitamin A for babies as well as lower than recommended levels of other necessary nutrients. The World Health Organisation has also encouraged that commercial formula is the only safe alternative to breast milk.
Professor Heather Yeatman, President of the Public Health Association of Australia, spoke with Australian Women’s Weekly on the matter.
“In my view, there’s a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead, especially if [the DIY formula] was the only food a parent was feeding their infant, it’s a very real risk. And [I consider that] the baby’s growth and development could be impaired.”
The allegedy ”negligent” nature of the book was alerted to the Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley by Yeatman as well as a number of other health officials.
Since the dispute the book’s website has crashed and spokespeople for the publisher Pan Macmillian have refused to comment on the matter.
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