Food Standards Scotland’s (FSS) Scottish Food Crime and Incidents Unit has seized a quantity of powder they believe to be the chemical 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP). It is a highly toxic industrial chemical mainly used as a pesticide, but is also known to promote rapid weight loss in humans. While the possession of DNP for legitimate, industrial purposes is permitted, it is illegal to sell for human consumption as it is poisonous to humans and can lead to severe health problems including blindness, high body temperature and even death.
The Scottish Food Crime and Incidents Unit is appealing for anyone in Scotland with information on the sale of DNP to report it to the free and confidential on the Scottish Food Crime Hotline: 0800 028 7926.
Source: FSS, 1 August 2018