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Food Standards Agency on the Trail of Illegal DNP

August 23, 2013

An industrial chemical used by members of the body building community and people trying to lose weight is still being sold illegally in the UK according to the Foods Standards Agency. 2,4-Dinitrophenol known as DNP can produce a range of symptoms in users, depending upon the amount consumed. Symptoms include fever, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, restlessness, flushed skin, sweating, dizziness, headaches, rapid respiration and rapid or irregular heart-beat. In extreme cases the chemical can be fatal. A number of chronic effects have also been related to DNP use which has been found to give rise to cataracts and skin lesions.

Rod Ainsworth, FSA director is anxious the public are made aware of the dangers saying, ” it’s really important that people understand quite how dangerous DNP is. We have been working hard to raise awareness of the dangers of DNP and to encourage people to let us know if they are sold products containing this chemical. If people are offered DNP they should not take it and should instead contact the FSA or their local authority.? The FSA will be working with Local Authorities and the Police to target illegal sales focusing on internet trade. Originally produced as a herbicide and fungicide, DNP was launched as a slimming aid in the United States in the early 1930s but was quickly banned due to the severe side effects it produced in users. Last year a study by doctors from the Whittington Hospital in London reported in the Medical Journal of Toxicology linking DNP to 62 deaths worldwide.

Link to study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21739343

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