Food Supplements - DNP

Regulatory Law – Food Supplements – Pesticides – DNP  


An online purchase of diet pill led to the death of a teenager. It has been reported that the teenager died after taking 2,4-dinitrophenol (“DNP”), which is a chemical normally used in pesticides. However, DNP is sold over the internet as a diet aid and is said to be the cause of a string of deaths. It is reported that the teenager’s father said that his son complained of feeling ill and hot, as well as vomiting.


Although DNP was launched as a weight loss drug in 1933, it was withdrawn from the market due to its toxic nature and severe side effects.


Further information about DNP, including the side effects can be found here.


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© RT COOPERS, 2013. This Briefing Note does not provide a comprehensive or complete statement of the law relating to the issues discussed nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight general issues. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in relation to particular circumstances.


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