What kind of chemical is Dinitrophenol

Dinitrophenol (DNP): consumer advice centers warn against buying

What is the legal situation?

2,4-DNP is not approved as a medicinal product and may not be sold as a diet or food supplement or as an ingredient in these. Selling is a criminal offense.

What are the authorities doing?

In 2019, almost 70 reports were received in the European rapid alert system RASFF. The food control authorities across Europe use this system to inform each other and ensure that dangerous products are removed from the market.

In the first half of 2019, as part of Operation OPSON VIII, coordinated by Europol and INTERPOL, numerous European countries led by Great Britain followed offers of fat burner products that contained the ingredient 2,4-dinitrophenol. For 2020, the RASFF again reported 28 cases of online offers, mainly from Great Britain.


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Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (2015): Food supplements containing dinitrophenol (DNP) can lead to severe poisoning and even death. Communication No. 046/2015 of November 26, 2015 (accessed on December 17, 2020)

Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Medicine Office (2019): 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP). Status: May 21, 2019 (accessed on December 17, 2020)

Food Standards Agency (2019): The dangers of DNP (2,4-dinitrophenol) and the steps we take to limit its availability and reduce risk to the public. Status: 16.09.19 (accessed on 17.12.2020)

European Rapid Alert System RASFF: Reports on DNP from December 17, 2020

Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (2019): OPSON VIII. Status: June 21, 2019 (accessed on December 17, 2020)

ECHA dossier 2.4 Dinitrophenol (accessed on December 17, 2020)