Celebrity chef Pete Evans has found himself once again at the centre of controversy, being handed a hefty 80K fine for spreading false claims about his wellness products. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued the infringement notice to Peter Evans Chef Pty Ltd, while Evans has also been ordered to remove non-compliant advertising.
The products they have taken issue with are the ‘BioCharger’ device, hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers and two oral medicines. He has promoted these drugs and devices as miracle cures for a variety of ailments, including COVID-19. In April last year, he was fined over $25,000 for starting a Facebook live stream and claiming the ‘BioCharger’ could cure coronavirus.
Following this, he received serious warnings about his promotion of other products, but it seems he hasn’t listened. It’s worth noting that none of his products are included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods, which allows products to be lawfully supplied in Australia.
The TGA statement also said that in some instances, Evan has implied that his products have been endorsed by health professionals. He has been ordered to remove the posts and cease advertising of unapproved products and therapies.
As we know, this is not the first time Evans has found himself in hot water. In November 2020, he was fired by Channel Ten on the day he was due to commence filming for I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! His book publisher and multiple brands also abandoned him for posting a cartoon which included a neo-Nazi symbol on his social media.
He has repeatedly made posts claiming that COVID-19 is a hoax and has publicly opposed vaccines and the wearing of face masks. He has since been removed from Facebook and Instagram for sharing these dangerously false claims.