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'GRENADE' DIET PILLS SPARK AIRPORT ALERT The; Maker's bosses stick to their guns as controverisal packaging seized.

Byline: Mary Griffin NEWS REPORTER

AIRPORT staff have been put on alert for slimming pills from a Coventry firm - because they come in containers shaped like grenades.

The couple behind the diet supplements say it's obvious the "Thermo Detonator" pill boxes are plastic.

But cautious security staff have confiscated the fake grenades at airports to avoid causing "alarm".

EntrepreneursAlan and Juliet Barratt are sticking to their guns, however, saying the container is a crucial part of their marketing.

The couple, who work from Coventry Business Park in Canley, have sold a million grenades worldwide and have just signed a contract to supply every US Army base in the world.

Alan, 36, said: "Yes, they're obviously supposed to be a grenade, but I really can't see how it can be mistaken for a weapon.

"For a start, it's about twice the size of a real grenade and made of plastic. It's no different to a child's toy. We export to Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and we've never had a problem.

"I've never gone through with one in my hand luggage but I go through with them in my case all the time and I've never been stopped.

He added: "We have no plans change the design.

We are sticking with it."

Alan and Juliet, who launched the range of fatburning pills three years ago have tailored the product to suit their market.

After finding that 70 per cent of their customers were men - and a significant chunk were military personnel - they trademarked the name Grenade (UK) Ltd, put the pills in a grenade and launched the brand, rolling a military tank into the NEC during the BodyPower Expo.

The product has soared to success, becoming the top selling diet supplement on Amazon and being stocked by nationwide health food store Holland and Barratt, but airport security claim the grenades could spark panic. A spokesman at Glasgow Airport, where the grenade-shaped bottles have been seized, said: "Anything with the appearance of a prohibited item, such as these grenades, is not permitted in the cabin."

A spokeswoman from Aberdeen Airport added: "Security staff are kept updated about products like this in case something could cause alarm. We can confiscate them."

EU regulations state passengers are prohibited from carrying "toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons". Last summer a man was stopped at Edinburgh Airport with a grenadeshaped bottle of cologne.

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NO PLANS TO CHANGE: Alan Bennett with his slimming pills

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: The slimming pills bottle and (left) a real grenade

DYNAMITE STUFF: Alan and Juliet Barrett with their Grenade slimming pills
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