Commissioner Sosa sponsors resolution supporting state legislation regulating liquid nitrogen in food and beverages
(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY) – Following a number of serious incidents involving the unregulated use of liquid nitrogen, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa has taken action by officially supporting State legislation that would impose regulations on the use of the substance in the preparation and presentation of food and alcoholic beverages.
An increasing number of restaurants and bars are using liquid nitrogen to create a fog-like visual effect in food and drinks served to consumers. Currently, Florida law does not regulate the use of liquid nitrogen in the preparation or presentation of food and alcoholic beverages
"The unregulated use of liquid nitrogen as a novelty in food and drinks has already led to many preventable injuries," Commissioner Sosa said. "The safety of our residents and consumers must always be our top priority as lawmakers."
In 2012, an 18-year-old British woman had to have her stomach removed after consuming a cocktail prepared with liquid nitrogen. Most recently in 2014, a woman in Miami Beach suffered tears in her esophagus, stomach and lower bowels after drinking a cocktail made with liquid nitrogen.
Current legislation being considered in the Florida House (HB 1029) and Senate (SB 1124) propose requiring public food service establishments to warn customers about the dangers of liquid nitrogen, set minimum training standards, and require their employees be trained in the use of liquid nitrogen. The House bill also would require the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and its Division of Hotels and Restaurants to adopt rules on the use of liquid nitrogen.
Commissioner Sosa's resolution supporting legislation that would regulate the use liquid nitrogen was unanimously approved by the Board of County Commissioners on March 17, 2015.