Pills that kill - what is DNP?

The substance which Eloise Parry took as a slimming aid is a toxic chemical, which is illegal to sell in the UK for human consumption.

DNP, or 2,4 Dinitrophenol, was originally created in the 1930s in America as a fertilizer. It is nothing more than an industrial chemical.

Shortly after its creation people somehow discovered that when it’s ingested, it affects body temperature, which burns fat. But it also kills.

The desire to lose weight very quickly is often making people make poor judgements.

Andy Morling, Head of Crime, Food Standards Agency

In the early years of the 21st century, it came back into fashion for people wanting to control their body weight - slimmers or bodybuilders - whatever the risks.

While raising the body’s temperature, it puts incredible stress on the rest of the body, and that is what kills.

The FSA believe it’s sold online from abroad, or imported in bulk, packaged up here, and then sold online.

There is no safe dosage of DNP - one capsule is enough to kill

Andy Morling, Head of Crime, Food Standards Agency.

The Food Standards say in no uncertain terms, DNP must not be consumed.