Warning to Canberrans about potentially dangerous weight-loss products

ACT Health is warning Canberrans to be aware of potentially dangerous weight-loss products being marketed to the fitness and bodybuilding communities. The warning mirrors advice provided by NSW Health about the dangers of these products.

ACT Health is warning Canberrans to be aware of potentially dangerous weight-loss products being marketed to the fitness and bodybuilding communities. The warning mirrors advice provided by NSW Health about the dangers of these products.

These products, known as ‘shredders’, may contain the highly toxic chemical 2.4-dinitrophenol, also known as DNP. DNP can cause a range of serious medical problems, including muscle breakdown, kidney failure, seizures and coma. There is no antidote and even with medical care, people can and have died using products containing the chemical.

Products marketed online advertised as featuring DNP should be avoided, as should any product from an unverified source that is promoted as a weight-loss agent. People can become seriously unwell within hours of ingesting DNP.

In cases of known or suspected ingestion, phone Emergency Triple Zero (000) immediately.

For more information please see the media release​

Page last updated on: 17 Oct 2018