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GEORGE TOWN: The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) on Tuesday urged the use of liquid nitrogen in food is forbidden because it could harm consumers who do not realize it, especially children.
CAP officer, Hatijah Hassim said liquid nitrogen is a cryogenic fluid which can cause burns if not handled properly, especially in the concentrated state.
"Its use can not arbitrarily by food vendors who do not know how to handle this cryogenic liquid," he said when asked about the use of liquid nitrogen in the food.
Previously reported Mohd Aiman Mohd Ridwan, 15, from Kedah who suffered burns and blisters on the palms of his hands after holding a biscuit Dragon Breath last week.
Hatijah said CAP received several complaints about the use of liquid nitrogen in biscuits and urged the government to immediately withdraw the product from the market before it endangers more people.
"People, especially kids will be attracted to the new trend of food, the sale of these food items need to be stopped before more cases occur because liquid nitrogen is not a proper mix of food," he said.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement yesterday said food manufacturers or providers that use liquid nitrogen in food products must ensure it fully volatile before sale to avoid burns or frostbite (frostbite).
He explained that the liquid should be at a level appropriate to achieve the intended purpose, which is to freeze the product.
"In general, after the freezing of food products, liquid nitrogen will vaporize quickly into gas and does not remain in the finished food products," he said.