Warning to fitness fanatics over dangerous food supplements

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FITNESS fanatics are being warned about potentially dangerous food supplements which claim to burn body fat, but contain harmful industrial chemicals.

Certain types of the products, which are mainly marketed at bodybuilders and those wishing to lose weight quickly, have been found to contain a substance known as 2,4 Dinitrophenol, or DNP.

The supplements are usually sold on the internet and can be tablets, capsules or powder.

People are being warned that products containing DNP can have extremely serious short- and long-term health effects.

Durham County Council’s Food Safety Team has already sent out advisory information to independent gyms, leisure and health facilities and will be carrying out visits to premises from Monday to highlight the dangers.

It follows a national alert from the Food Standards Agency about supplements containing DNP.

Joanne Waller, head of environment, health and consumer protection at the council, said: “Some food supplements, which are particularly targeted towards bodybuilders and people trying to lose weight and which claim to help burn excess fat, have been found to contain unlawful and dangerous ingredients.

“DNP can have serious health implications and is not suitable for human consumption.”

l Anyone who is aware of products labelled as containing 2,4 Dinitrophenol or DNP should contact the council on 03000 261 016 or email ehcp@durham.gov.uk.