Pete Evans says sunscreen contains 'poisonous chemicals'

Pete Evans is a fan of the Paleo diet.

Pete Evans is a fan of the Paleo diet.

My Kitchen Rules Chef Pete Evans has told his 1.5 million Facebook followers that the act of wearing sunscreen and sunbathing for hours is a "recipe for disaster".

In a 'Question and Answer' post on his Facebook page, a commenter asked the surfing enthusiast and television chef what he used as sunscreen.

Evans said he wore "generally nothing", and said his year-long tan and the short amount of time he spends in the sun keeps him safe.

"The silly thing is people put on normal chemical sunscreen then lay out in the sun for hours on end and think that they are safe because they have covered themselves in poisonous chemicals which is a recipe for disaster," Evans wrote.

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In the post, he said he wears a zinc oxide based product called Surfmud, which is not registered with the Australian regulatory body for therapeutic goods. 

Sue Heward, SunSmart manager at Cancer Council Victoria, said there's a direct link between people using sunscreen and reducing the risk of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.

"Around 2000 Australians die each year from skin cancer," she said.

Terry Slevin, education and research director at Cancer Council WA, said sunscreen should be used in conjunction with appropriate clothing and a hat.

This is not the first controversy for the chef.

Early last year, the release for Evans' paleo baby cookbook was delayed due to concerns from health experts that some recipes in the book were potentially fatal.

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