The US Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert about the potential dangers of eating liquid nitrogen
According to the FDA, eating foods such as Ice cream, cereal or cocktails with liquid nitrogen can cause serious injury, including internal organ damage.
Inhaling the vapor released by a food or drink prepared by adding liquid nitrogen may also cause breathing difficulty, especially among individuals with asthma.
Food and drinks prepared by adding liquid nitrogen may be sold in malls, food courts, kiosks, an other retail locations. These products may include liquid nitrogen-infused colorful cereal or cheese puffs that emit a misty or smoke-like vapor. They are marketed under the names “Dragon’s Breath,” “Heaven’s Breath,” “nitro puff” and other similar names.
“The FDA has become aware of severe — and in some cases, life-threatening — injuries, such as damage to skin and internal organs caused by liquid nitrogen still present in the food or drink. There has also been a report of difficulty breathing after inhaling the vapor released by liquid nitrogen when added immediately before consumption. Injuries have occurred from handling or eating products prepared by adding liquid nitrogen immediately before consumption, even after the liquid nitrogen has fully evaporated due to the extremely low temperature of the food.”
People who believe they have suffered injuries from ingesting liquid nitrogen should consult a doctor and report their injury to the FDA.