The Haryana food and drugs administration department on Thursday banned the use of nitrogen in food and drinks across the state.
The ban comes almost a month after news of a 30-year-old Delhi man gulping down a drink topped with liquid nitrogen and ending with a gaping hole in his stomach came to the fore.
A government statement issued from Chandigarh on Friday stated that keeping in view the interest of the health of people in the state, the Haryana government has prohibited the flushing or mixing of liquid nitrogen with any drink or food article.
Saket Kumar, commissioner (food safety), food and drugs administration department, further said that an order to this effect has been issued under section 34 of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (Central Act 34 of 2006).
He said that as per expert medical opinion, any drink or food article whose preparation involves the flushing or mixing of liquid nitrogen is harmful for humans. He said that due to its low temperature, liquid nitrogen could be extremely damaging for body tissue causing frostbite and cryogenic burning on contact