The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) is again seeking to bring attention to the hazards of liquid nitrogen in the food and beverage industry.

The association has today issued a safety alert, Hazards of Liquid Nitrogen in the Food and Beverage Industry, (CGA SA‐25).

The alert was originally released in 2013 in response to a report of severe injury to a woman in England (UK) who consumed a drink that contained liquid nitrogen and is being re-released in response to a report of a similar incident that occurred recently in Miami, US.

The safety alert should be read by owners, operators, and employees of restaurants, bars, and other establishments where liquid nitrogen is used in food and beverage preparation and consumption.

The safety alert is free and may be copied and distributed.

Comment

A number of alerts and calls to action have been made concerning the use and portrayal of gases in fashionable food and beverages in recent years.

Indeed, the Chief Executive of the British Compressed Gas Association (BCGA), Doug Thornton, has previously said to gasworld, “I am critical of anything or anyone that tries to encourage others to play with gases, with little understanding of the hazards of cryo temperatures, pressure or asphyxiation potential.”

“And anything that encourages the public to track it down is terrible news…putting liquid nitrogen or solid CO2 in drinks is an extremely bad idea.”