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Shops warned against selling DNP by Haringey Borough Council
Haringey Borough Council has warned shops against selling a lethal diet supplement or risk possible imprisonment.
The council has told outlets which sell slimming aids and body building supplements to check their stocks for dinitrophenol, commonly known as DNP, which is often sold as a diet pill.
DNP is a potentially fatal pesticide, it is illegal to sell it as a food product and those caught doing so face possible imprisonment or a hefty fine.
People who take the substance may experience fever, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, restlessness, flushed skin, sweating, dizziness, headaches, rapid respiration and rapid or irregular heart-beat, possibly leading to coma and death.
Consuming small amounts over a long period can lead to cataracts and skin lesions and affect the heart, blood and nervous system.
The authority’s environmental health team is keen to crack down on any sales and is asking retailers to check stocks.
It is also asking people, especially those engaged in the fitness or body building, to remain vigilant and to report outlets that may be selling items with DNP as an active ingredient.
Councillor Joseph Ejiofor, cabinet member for enforcement said: “The recent tragic deaths of a young rugby player and university student in other parts of the country show just how dangerous this substance is.
“It is really important that retailers and gyms check their stock and that residents such as fitness instructors check labels before consuming or distributing any products sold as metabolisers or fat burning aids.
“The consequences of taking this product can be horrendous and it is vital to the safety of our residents that the law is upheld and that dangerous products are taken off the shelves and off rogue websites.”
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