Recipes in Bubba Yum Yum paleo book co-authored by Pete Evans could cause infant death claim public health and dietitian groups

Update 16/3/2015 – Pan Macmillan book publishers have made a statement to SBS, saying that “The authors of Bubba Yum Yum – The Paleo Way – for new mums, babies and toddlers have decided to release a digital version of the book very shortly, and will, therefore, no longer publish the book, in any format, with Pan Macmillan Australia.”

Pete EvansOn Wednesday this week the Australian Women’s Weekly published a story about Pan Macmillan, publishers of a paleo diet baby cookbook co-authored by celebrity chef Pete Evans putting the release of the book on hold following concerns that its recipes could cause infant death.

The Australian Women’s Weekly was told by Professor Heather Yeatman, president of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) saying that “there’s a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead.” She said that there were grave concerns about the DIY baby formula, based on liver and bone broth.

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) on Friday stated that they have been working with Pan Macmillan Australia since the end of February 2015 regarding the paleo book for babies.

DAA, together with a number of health agencies have provided evidence‐based materials to assist the publisher to identify the numerous nutrition and health issues in this book. Problems with recipes in the book include:

  • The use of ingredients that are not #TheChokeablesrecommended for infants within the first 12 months of life due to microbiological risks, for example, honey (botulism risk), runny eggs (salmonella risk) and raw liver
  • Food safety risks with the preparation of the DIY infant formula
  • A lack of clear instructions for parents as to the amount of formula to provide the infant on a daily basis.

DAA said that the bone broth has been independently analysed with the results being provided to Pan Macmillan Australia. DAA is confident that Pan Macmillan will make their decision based on what is in the best interest of Australian infants and their families.

Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way for New Mums, Babies and Toddlers was due to be published on Friday 13th March, which, ironically is international Dietitian Day.

DAA pointed out that although the DIY formula is said to be comparable to breast milk, analysis proves this is not the case. It is significantly higher than breast milk in a range of nutrients, including:

  • Vitamin A (749% higher)
  • Vitamin B12 (2326% higher)
  • Protein (220% higher)
  • Iron (1067% higher)
  • Sodium (879% higher)

DAA also echoed the concerns of the PHAA with their statement saying:
“This formula could be very harmful to infants, their immature immune and digestive systems could not cope with this formulation and the levels of these nutrients it contains. In a newborn, the formulation could cause permanent damage and possibly result in death.

DAA supports the Australian Government’s Infant Feeding Guidelines developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council which says breastfeeding is the healthiest start for infants, and it is recommended that infants be exclusively breastfed until around six months of age when solid foods are introduced.”

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