The seizures are equivalent to over 50 000 capsules of DNP as the authorities also reveal over 75 online sales offerings of the chemical have been removed.
“Seizures of DNP were made in the framework of this targeted action, through intelligence-led interventions at residential addresses, test purchases and through the detection of parcels by custom authorities,” Europol said in a statement.
“It is hurting the consumers’ wallets: in the best of cases, food fraud is the deception of consumers, whereby they pay for something they do not get, but in the worst cases, food fraud can result in serious harm to the public’s health,” added Jari Liukku, Head of Europol’s European Serious and Organised Crime Centre.
DNP has made headlines throughout Europe as authorities deal with a number of deaths attributed to the consumption of this industrial chemical.
In February, Enhanced Athlete Europe, a UK company was found guilty of placing illegal “fat-burner” tablets containing DNP on to the market and ordered to pay a €114,000 (£100,000) fine, plus costs.
The increasing availability of DNP on the Dutch grey market prompted the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) to issue a warning against the substance.
In 2017, Dutch customs seized seven packages intended for seven different customers.
The packages contained a total of 4 kilograms of DNP powder plus several hundred capsules containing the substance. The packages also contained other pills and anabolic steroids.