‘Lethal’ DNP diet pills still on sale despite crackdown, BBC find – BBC News

'Lethal' DNP diet pills still on sale despite crackdown, BBC finds - BBC News

'Lethal' DNP Diet Pills Still On Sale Despite Crackdown, BBC Find - BBC News

'Lethal' DNP Diet Pills Still On Sale Despite Crackdown, BBC Find - BBC News Image copyright Parry family Image caption Eloise Aimee Parry, 21, from Shrewsbury, died in hospital in April 2015 after taking diet pills believed to have contained DNP

Around 19 websites believed to be selling diet products containing a chemical links between a series of deaths in the UK have been closed down.

The Food Standards Agency said the websites selling 2,4 -dinitrophenol( DNP) were shut down in the past year.

But a BBC investigation has detected hidden sites on the so-called dark web was currently selling the products.

DNP is an industrial chemical licensed for commercial employ but not for human consumption.

‘No safe dose’

In April 2015, Eloise Aimee Parry, 21, from Shrewsbury took diet pills she had bought over the internet. Subsequently that day she was dead.

Sean Cleathero died in October 2012 aged 28, after taking an illegal slimming pill in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

His mother Sharon Ayres, said: “Why would people still want to take it anyway, whether they think there is a safe dose, because there isn’t a safe dose? “

Former Prime Minister David Cameron raised the issue in the Commons following the death of Sarah Houston who died in Leeds in 2012 after she had taken pills containing DNP.

'Lethal' DNP Diet Pills Still On Sale Despite Crackdown, BBC Find - BBC News Image copyright Ross Parry Image caption Medical student Sarah Houston died in September 2012 after secretly taking slimming pills which contained DNP that she had bought online

The BBC investigation received a number of suppliers were marketing DNP as a diet product for human consumption.

A number of samples were bought online and send for laboratory tests which find they contained about 40% DNP – a potentially lethal amount.

Jon Griffin, analyst for Kent Scientific Services at Kent County Council, told: “You’re not being able to control your body temperature, at 40 per cent that threat rises significantly, this has got some potential in there for very serious repercussions.

“Worst case scenario would be death.”

'Lethal' DNP Diet Pills Still On Sale Despite Crackdown, BBC Find - BBC News Image copyright Wikimedia Image caption 2,4 -dinitrophenol or DNP is a highly toxic and industrial chemical
'Lethal' DNP Diet Pills Still On Sale Despite Crackdown, BBC Find - BBC News

What is DNP?

2,4 -dinitrophenol or DNP is highly toxic and is not intended for human consumption An industrial chemical, it is sold illegally in diet pills as a fat-burning substance Users experience a metabolism boost, leading to weight loss, but taking even a few tablets can be fatal Signs of acute poisoning include nausea, vomiting, restlessness, flushed scalp, sweating, dizziness, headaches, rapid respiration and irregular heartbeat Devouring lower sums over longer periods could lead to cataracts and skin lesions and impact on the heart, blood and nervous system Experts say buying medications online is risky as medicines is a possibility fake, out of date or extremely harmful

'Lethal' DNP Diet Pills Still On Sale Despite Crackdown, BBC Find - BBC News
'Lethal' DNP Diet Pills Still On Sale Despite Crackdown, BBC Find - BBC News
'Lethal' DNP Diet Pills Still On Sale Despite Crackdown, BBC Find - BBC News
'Lethal' DNP Diet Pills Still On Sale Despite Crackdown, BBC Find - BBC News
'Lethal' DNP Diet Pills Still On Sale Despite Crackdown, BBC Find - BBC News

'Lethal' DNP Diet Pills Still On Sale Despite Crackdown, BBC Find - BBC News

'Lethal' DNP Diet Pills Still On Sale Despite Crackdown, BBC Find - BBC News

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