Peter Evans' new cookbook was set to hit bookstores this week, but publishers have stalled the release after public health officials discovered his recipe for baby formula could potentially result in infant deaths.
According to a new report, the 42-year-old Australian chef's recipe for DIY formula in 'Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way' reportedly contains more than ten times the safe maximum daily intake of Vitamin A for babies and inadequate levels of additional nutrients.
Pete's new cookbook. (Photo Credit: R/R)
"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, said of the father-of-two's recipe.
"Especially if [the DIY formula] was the only food a parent was feeding their infant, it's a very real risk," she continued. "The baby’s growth and development could be impaired."
Thus far, the cookbook has been marketed as "a treasure trove of nutritional information and nourishing Paleo recipes that are guaranteed to put your little one on the path to optimum health."
Pete at an event in March 2009. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"The Department of Health has been closely scrutinizing this diet and book," a spokeswoman for Australia's Department of Health said, adding the organization is "concerned about the inadequate nutritional values of some of the foods, in particular for infants, and is investigating [the recipe] further."
The book, which is Pete's eighth to date, was set to appear in stores this Friday, March 13.
'The Australian Women's Weekly' was the first to report this news.