An Irish web site promoting a potentially-lethal weight reduction product has been shut down.
The Co Tipperary registered FatBurney.com was discovered to be promoting and advertising the extremely poisonous industrial chemical, 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP), implying the substance could possibly be used for weight reduction.
An inspector from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), who served the closure order in January, famous the economic chemical “has brought about fatalities when used for the aim of weight reduction”.
DNP has been chargeable for one recorded loss of life in Ireland in 2015 and 32 within the UK since 2007.
“There are critical well being dangers from taking slimming merchandise bought on-line which aren’t linked to a registered meals enterprise and we’re urging shoppers to stay very cautious and to solely purchase from established meals companies,” stated FSAI chief government Dr Pamela Byrne.
The chemical had been “abused as a ‘fats burner’ to attain speedy weight reduction,” she defined.
“It’s unlawful for DNP to be offered to be used as a weight reduction product and it’s not allowed in meals. Its use has critical and unpredictable unwanted effects, together with loss of life.”
Individually, the FSAI issued a closure order on a part of an unregistered Wicklow butchers promoting wild recreation with out the required autopsy examinations of carcasses.
It had no official authorisation and the inspection discovered the carcasses had not undergone the requisite veterinary autopsy examinations, making the merchandise demonstrably unfit for human consumption.
Meals security administration procedures and related monitoring data had been additionally discovered to be lacking. The inspection additionally recognized issues across the situation of a smoking cupboard and its capacity to be stored disinfected.