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Pan Macmillan ‘finalising contractual relationship’ with Evans

Pan Macmillan has stated it is ‘finalising its contractual relationship’ with celebrity chef Pete Evans and ‘will not be entering any further publishing agreements moving forward’. The publisher lists 17 titles by Evans on its website, including the forthcoming Recipes to Strengthen Your Health, which is due for publication on 24 November.

The publisher’s statement followed a social media post by the cookbook author that included a symbol appropriated by Nazis and recognised as a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League, reports the Guardian.

‘Pan Macmillan does not support the recent posts made by Pete Evans. Those views are not our views as a company or the views of our staff,’ said the publisher, adding, ‘If any retailer wishes to return Pete Evans’ books please contact Pan Macmillan.’

The Dymocks chain has announced it is ‘in the process’ of removing Evans’s books from its website and has advised its stores to return their stock as offered by the publisher. Target has also confirmed to Books+Publishing it will be returning Evans’s books and removing them from its website, while Big W confirmed to one customer via social media that it will remove his books from their range as of today, 17 November.

Evans was earlier this year fined more than $25,000 by the Therapeutic Goods Administration over claims he made about a product called a ‘BioCharger’, a ‘hybrid subtle energy revitalisation platform’ that Evans implied in a video could treat coronavirus. He has also used social media to share discredited conspiracy theories about Covid-19 and QAnon.

 

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