Cookbook for Expectant Mothers Recalled
A cookbook for pregnant women, The Happy Baby Cookbook from Australian Women's Weekly, is being recalled in New Zealand and Australia due to concerns over its nutritional recommendations. The New Zealand Food Safety Authority takes issue with certain recipes in the book that contain ingredients that "food safety officials believe could harm a woman or her unborn child if eaten during pregnancy." It's unclear what these specific ingredients are, although Food Safety News speculates they may be talking about cured meats, soft cheese, and hummus.
We're not experts on gestational nutrition, but it seems to us it's a pretty tricky landscape to navigate and that there are probably several different approaches depending on who you ask. Unless the book is recommending a nightly gin and tonic, is there really not room for it among what are surely hundreds of nutritional guides for pregnant women? The article cited above asks whether there is a difference between banning a book and "recalling it for its content," and we say: semantics?