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A global alert has been issued by Interpol over the threat posed by the “diet pills” which killed a British woman, named Eloise Aimee Parry.
The police have enforced this in 190 countries after the toxic pesticide dinitrophenol (DNP) was linked to the death of Parry and also left a Frenchman seriously ill.
Miss Parry, 21, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital last month after taking tablets she bought online. Police have revealed that it contained a quantity of the substance, known as DNP.
Last year, a study warned that the drug, sometimes used for weight-loss or bodybuilding, could have been linked to five more deaths in the UK between 2007 and 2013. It is also known to cause breathing difficulties, fever, fast heart rates, nausea and vomiting.
Interpol at the request of French health authorities has also issued an Orange Notice that declared an “imminent threat” to consumers from DNP, which has also been used in explosives.
Police are now investigating where Parry bought the pills, which cost around £70 for 100 capsules containing 200mg of DNP.