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Toxic chemical DNP in weight loss products causes several deaths in Australia: NSW Health

2018-08-31 10:12
The NSW Health department is warning the public against using weight loss products that contain the potentially deadly chemical DNP—also known as 2,4-dinitrophenol. Weight-loss products that contain this chemical, popularly known as ‘Shredders’, are marketed to fitness, weight loss and bodybuilding communities. The government body is telling the public not to risk their lives by ingesting this chemical after several people were reported to have died from taking DNP, according to NSW Health. Deaths from DNP have also been reported overseas. DNP is dangerous even when taken in small amounts, clinical toxicologist and intensive care physician at the NSW Poisons Information Centre, Dr Kylie McArdle, said in a news release. "There is a myth that if used in small amounts, users will be safe but DNP is an extremely toxic substance,” McArdle said. “There is no antidote and even with our best medical care, people can and have died using products containing the chemical.”