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Businessman Sold Toxic Weight Loss Pills As ‘Fertiliser’


A businessman who was allegedly selling highly dangerous slimming pills has said the tablets were intended as plant fertiliser, not for weight loss.

Yesterday, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) announced it had shut down Co. Tipperary-based Vaidas Sabockis’s website, FatBurney.com, for selling tablets containing the toxic chemical 2,4- Dinitrophenol (DNP).

One person has died in Ireland from using DNP pills, unrelated to Mr Sabockis’s business.

On Monday, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) announced it had shut down Co. Tipperary-based Vaidas Sabockis’s website, FatBurney.com, for selling tablets containing the toxic chemical 2,4- Dinitrophenol (DNP). Pic: Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

Speaking from Clonmel yesterday, Mr Sabockis said he never intended to sell DNP as a slimming aid, and that it is commonly used as a plant fertiliser.

‘As far as I know bodybuilders stopped using it in the 2000s.

There are a few kamikazes who take industrial chemicals these days, but not many. There are many better, strong substances that people would take,’ he said.

Plant Fertiliser
Speaking from Clonmel yesterday, Mr Sabockis said he never intended to sell DNP as a slimming aid, and that it is commonly used as a plant fertiliser. Pic: Shutterstock

In its inspection report, the FSAI said FatBurney.com implies that DNP ‘may be used for the purpose of weight loss’.

It added: ‘DNP is a highly toxic industrial chemical which has caused fatalities when used for the purpose of weight loss.’

The FSAI order directed that ‘the business, its establishments, holdings or other premises including internet sites or social media sites be ceased with immediate effect’.

DNP, which is also used as a fertiliser, is highly dangerous as a slimming agent because it blocks cells from storing energy and can lead to sudden collapse or death.

In its inspection report, the FSAI said FatBurney.com implies that DNP ‘may be used for the purpose of weight loss’. Pic: File/Shutterstock

Asked why his website is called FatBurney.com if the DNP is not for burning fat, Mr Sabockis said DNP acquired the nickname ‘fat burner’ while it was used as a slimming agent in the 2000s, but that it was no longer used for losing weight. He said: ‘There are stronger, better substances for that, not an industrial chemical. That is ridiculous.’

He also said he made a mistake in calling the site Faburney.com because it gave the wrong impression about why he was selling DNP. He added: ‘I was thinking of changing the name of the website, because people may get the wrong idea. That was the mistake. I was going to change [the website] but now I am going to stop it. It is too dangerous, it’s not worth it.’

Mr Sabockis said he refused to sell the pills to people who contacted FatBurney.com looking for fat-burning tablets.

‘Some people asked for a fat burner; I replied, “No it is strictly for fertiliser”. Whoever contacted me for fat-burning purposes didn’t get the tablets,’ he said.

DNP, which is also used as a fertiliser, is highly dangerous as a slimming agent because it blocks cells from storing energy and can lead to sudden collapse or death. Pic: Shutterstock

He also said he had only sold the pills abroad. ‘Irish people never got it. So I don’t know why they [the FSAI] put awareness about it in Ireland,’ he said.

‘Telling people about it could make them curious. I think it is counterproductive with all the articles and information.’

Mr Sabockis further claimed he had closed FatBurney.com three weeks before the FSAI ordered him to do so.

He added: ‘It seems that it is counterproductive, because now they are drawing attention to DNP as a weight-loss substance.’





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