Future of liquid nitrogen cocktails is in doubt

10th October, 2012 by Andy Young

The future of liquid nitrogen cocktails is in the balance following a horrific incident in Lancaster, UK.

Gaby Scanlon Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails

Gaby Scanlon, 18, had her stomach removed after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen

Gaby Scanlon, 18, had to have her stomach removed after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen.

The incident has prompted many to question the future and safety of using chemical substances such as liquid nitrogen and dry ice in cocktails.

Doctor John Ashton, director of public health for Cumbria, told the Independent: “This girl is the victim of an irresponsible alcohol industry that’s now competing on gimmicks. Alcohol itself is a very dangerous thing if improperly handled and liquid nitrogen is a toxic chemical. It destroys human tissue.”

It is reported that Scanlon’s cocktail, called a Nitro Jagermeister, was prepared correctly, but Marion Beke from Nightjar told sb‘s Becky Paskin that he thinks the incident could bring change to the industry.

He said: “I think because of what’s happened to this poor girl, the law is going to change. Dry ice is very cold and can burn your stomach in the same way something hot can. I think liquid nitrogen will definitely be banned or restricted after this and dry ice could be affected too”.

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a warning to bars currently using or considering using liquid nitrogen to make cocktails.

It said that although the substance is not toxic, it does expose the human body to extreme cold temperatures if ingested.

Colin Houston, head of incident management, FSA, said: “There are safety and handling guidelines around the use of liquid nitrogen, especially in relation to food.

“It is the business owner’s responsibility to make sure that their staff have been trained and are aware of the potential risks of using liquid nitrogen. They also have to have appropriate safety measures in place to protect both their staff and consumers.”

He added that the FSA is working with local police and health and safety officers to encourage them to monitor the use of potentially harmful substances as part of their regular inspection regime. It is also speaking with other departments and agencies to investigate the issue and decide whether any further action is needed.

All food manufacturers, retailers and hospitality businesses in the UK are lgally obliged to ensure that all food and drink sold to the public is fit for human consumption.

Paul Aitchison, chairman of Lancaster City Council’s Licensing Act Committee, said that he was at the same bar a few months ago and tried the drink.

Mr Aitchison said: “I heard about this story this morning and I was quite shocked because I have actually tried it myself. It was quite scary to think that it could have possibly happened to me.”

Leave a Reply

If that's interesting, how about these?

Australian gin seeks investors

An Australian duo has launched a crowdfunding campaign to develop a gin made in more...

UK govt. backs 'no safe level' for drinking

The UK government has backed proposed guidelines issued in January 2016 that more...

Cocktail created in honour of Olympic medallist

A café in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, has launched a cocktail in celebration of more...

Beam Suntory launches 10YO Bowmore in TR

Beam Suntory Global Travel Retail (GTR) is following up its acclaimed Devil's more...

UK govt: Drinking alcohol 'no riskier than driving'

As the UK government readies to release new drinking guidelines, health more...

Bars to get 'immediate boost' from Night Tube

London’s ’24-hour economy’ could be worth almost £30 billion by 2030 more...

US Tequila sales soar despite Trump tirade

Republication presidential candidate Donald Trump may have strong views on more...

London's top shrub cocktails

With the fruit and vegetable growing period coming to a close – and autumn more...

Distillery blaze results in £270,000 fine

Alcohols Ltd has been fined £270,000 after a blaze at its distillery in 2012 more...

The week in pictures

Cocktail events, a Smirnoff tractor and the final of Bombay Sapphire's 10th more...

SWA: UK needs 'ambitious' new free trade deals

Scotch Whisky Association chief executive David Frost has met with the more...

Monin launches 'first' popcorn syrup

Monin UK has introduced the industry's "first" popcorn syrup, designed to more...

Rebel Yell crowns inaugural London winner

Thom Solberg of Black Rock bar in Shoreditch has won Bourbon brand Rebel more...

Plantation bar changes name following outcry

A London-based bar group has changed the name of its new rum bar – The more...

Top 10 unusual whisky cask finishes

From herring barrels to maple syrup containers, SB has sorted through more...

Wenneker Swizzle Masters Art Deco Cognac finalists

This month’s Wenneker Swizzle Masters round transported bartenders back to more...

Exhibition explores gender and nightlife

A new UK art exhibition is set to explore the complexities of gender relations more...

Stanford policy ‘sends dangerous message’

The Distilled Spirits Council has slammed Stanford University’s ban on more...

Masons Yorkshire Gin launches cocktail comp

Masons Yorkshire Gin has announced details of its first cocktail competition, more...

Schuyler Hunton named 2016 Most Imaginative Bartender

The United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) has announced Schuyler Hunton of more...