The wonderful world of weaning means new tastes and textures for tots, but one mum’s decision to give her five-month-old rare steak has sparked fierce debate.
Mum Katie Harley shared a video of her daughter chowing down on her first steak, which was still pink in the middle. Katie said her daughter Eliza was ‘a big fan’.
Beef over baby’s steak
But the video soon attracted comments from people claiming the meat was far too rare for a baby to eat. Here’s a selection of the comments:
“That steak is too undercooked for an infant that age. It needs to be well done.”
“Undercooked meat for an infant? how is that safe?”
“Chef here. That meat is undercooked, only the outer is slightly cooked, it’s a rare steak. Cooked is when there is no blood in the meat.”
“Baby cannot digest meat that’s undercooked.”
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Katie defended her daughter’s dinner, saying the meat was not undercooked. “She can have rare steak,” Katie commented. “We’ve researched and discussed it with our pediatrician. If I’m comfortable eating it – I’m comfortable giving it to her.”
In Australia, the Department of Health recommends babies from around six-months-old eat pureed, well-cooked meat. While the Food Safety Information Council also recommends avoiding raw or undercooked meat, because of their potential to cause serious illness. Even for those doing baby led weaning, the suggestion is to only offer soft chunks of well-cooked meat.
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