FDA Warns Of Consuming Products Infused With Liquid Nitrogen

August 31, 2018

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning aimed at teenagers about the dangers of consuming food and drink products infused with liquid nitrogen. Commonly referred to a "dragon" or "angel breath," can cause skin and internal organ damage. Most recently, novelty snacks and drinks that have liquid nitrogen added to them just before consumption to create a smoke effect have gained popularity with teenagers. Although nitrogen is not toxic and is safe to use to preserve food, its extreme temperature of -320F or colder and can freeze skin and damage the throat and stomach. Contact with something that cold can cause a rapid ice burn that freezes the water in your own skin cells and constricts the blood vessels that feed them. The FDA's warning was prompted after several people reporting severe, and in some cases, life-threatening injuries from consuming drinks with liquid nitrogen or eating foods frozen in the liquid. There has also been a report of difficulty breathing after inhaling the vapor released by liquid nitrogen when added immediately before consumption. The safety alert advises consumers to avoid eating, drinking, or handling foods prepared using liquid nitrogen at point of sale and immediately before consumption, due to risk of injury.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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