RESIDENTS living in Ashbourne are being warned of the dangers of buying slimming products which may contain a dangerous chemical.
Following an alert from the Department of Health, Derbyshire County Council is warning anyone that slimming aids like fat burners and food supplements might contain the chemical DNP.
In Derbyshire there are no known medical cases linked to DNP but the substance, which is an industrial chemical not fit for human consumption and illegal to use in foodstuffs, has caused three deaths nationally so far this year.
Councillor Dave Allen, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities said: “It’s tragic that people have died through taking products containing this chemical.
“We want to raise awareness in Derbyshire of the very real dangers of buying slimming aids or indeed any drug off the internet or through unregulated suppliers.”
To find out more visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk