Pete Evans’ paleo cookbook for babies will now only be published as an e-book.
Fairfax Media journalist Lisa Visentin tweeted this afternoon that Pan Macmillian had confirmed the cookbook would not be published.
She also tweeted this excerpt from the publisher’s media statement, which says that the book’s authors “have decided to release a digital version of the book”.
The news follows celebrity chef Pete Evans’ recent claim that the book would be “released in the next week or two”.
The chef and co-author wrote on Facebook: “Our nurturing new book “Bubba Yum Yum” will also being [sic] released in the next week or two, so we’ll keep you updated.”
He added: “We surly [sic] all are part of something very, very special… good things are coming! Good things are here!”
Previously, Mamamia wrote…
Pete Evans’ paleo cookbook for babies — which recommends feeding infants bone broth as a baby formula — is being investigated by the Federal Health Department.
ABC News reports the department said it is “aware of this publication and has concerns about the inadequate nutritional value of some of the recipes, in particular the infant formula”.
It added that it would “continue to investigate”.
The Department of Health has also told The Weekly it was “concerned about the inadequate nutritional values of some of the foods, in particular for infants, and is investigating further.”
Previously, Mamamia reported:
An impending release of celebrity chef Pete Evans’ baby Paleo cookbook has been shelved after concerns about the safety of some of his recipes.
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From the moment it was touted as a Paleo baby diet book there were concerns over its safety but it seems now these very real fears may finally been acted upon.
The Australian Women’s Weekly has reported that publishers Pan Macmillan have held back the upcoming release of Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way – after health officials expressed concerns that a baby might die if fed some of the recipes.
“In my view, there’s a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead,” Professor Heather Yeatman, president of the Public Health Association of Australia, has told The Weekly.
The Federal Department of Health has been reportedly scrutinizing the recipes.
The cause of concern is the high levels of vitamin A in a DIY formula recipe which “contains more than ten times the safe maximum daily intake of vitamin A for babies and inadequate levels of other nutrients.”
The formula, made from bone broth includes ingredients like chicken liver, oils and a probiotic supplement which “could potentially cause a vitamin A overdose in infants, the symptoms of which include loss of appetite, dry skin, hair loss, bone pain, fissures in the corners of the mouth and failure to thrive,” says The Weekly.