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UK Government Pushes to Ban Use of Liquid Nitrogen in Drinks

UK Government Pushes to Ban Use of Liquid Nitrogen in Drinks

After an 18-year-old lost her stomach to a liquid nitrogen cocktail, the government is urging more regulations

After an 18-year-old drinker in England had to have her stomach removed after ingesting a liquid nitrogen cocktail, the government is urging for stronger regulations for using liquid nitrogen in mixology — and may even ban it altogether.

The Telegraph reports the Lancaster's MP, Conservative David Morris is going to the top to ban liquid nitrogen from cocktails, including the Food Safety Agency. He wrote in a letter, "I have been shocked that such a chemical is being added to drinks to be consumed by young people. I therefore, will be commencing a campaign to have drinks containing Liquid Nitrogen banned."

While using liquid nitrogen in cocktails isn't illegal (yet), many have warned that its extreme cold temperatures could be harmful. The police are also investigating the bar where the incident occured, Oscar's Wine Bar, for any misconduct.


Vinegar

Vinegar is an aqueous solution of acetic acid and trace compounds that may include flavorings. Vinegar typically contains 5–8% acetic acid by volume. [1] Usually, the acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol or sugars by acetic acid bacteria. [2] Many types of vinegar are available, depending on source materials. It is now mainly used in the culinary arts as a flavorful, acidic cooking ingredient, or in pickling. Various types of vinegar are also used as condiments or garnishes, including balsamic vinegar and malt vinegar.

As the most easily manufactured mild acid, it has historically had a wide variety of industrial and domestic uses, including use as a household cleaner. [1]


UK bans sale of energy drinks to U16s

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The decision follows a government consultation on proposals last year and increasing support for restricting energy drink sales.

While a number of major retailers have already banned the sale of energy drinks to children, it has not been a legal requirement and energy drinks remain readily available from other retailers, convenience stores and vending machines.

“Research has suggested that excessive consumption of energy drinks by children may affect some children adversely,” ​according to documents published by the UK government yesterday. “In addition, energy drink consumption has also been associated with unhealthy behaviours and deprivation.

“Last year we consulted on ending the sale of energy drinks to children. The consultation showed overwhelming public support, with 93% of consultation respondents agreeing that businesses should be prohibited from selling these drinks to children. Teachers and health professionals, in particular, were strong in their support for the government to take action.

“Therefore, we can now announce that the government will end the sale of energy drinks to children under the age of 16.

“We will be setting out the full policy in our consultation response shortly.”

Energy drinks and children – what’s the problem?

More than two-thirds of 10-17 year olds and a quarter of six to nine year olds consume energy drinks in the UK, according to the government.

Energy drinks are functional beverages with a stimulating effect and unique combinations of characterising ingredients including caffeine, taurine, vitamins and other substances with a nutritional or physiological effect.


York to ban private car journeys from city centre within three years

The medieval city of York has announced plans to ban private car journeys from the city centre within three years in an effort to cut carbon emissions.

Councillors spelled out the “unashamedly ambitious” goal that would follow the lead of Bristol, which is due to become the first UK city to ban diesel cars by 2021.

The historic Yorkshire city, which attracts nearly 7 million visitors a year, is one of several UK cities with illegally high levels of air pollution.

The ban would stop all non-essential private car journeys inside York’s city walls by 2023, with an exemption for people who rely on cars such as disabled residents.

Jonny Crawshaw, a Labour councillor in the city, said: “People’s first response might be to be a bit anxious about what we’re proposing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do. The public mood is changing – particularly in relation to climate change.”

Councillors voted in favour of the plans by a majority. The City of York council is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2030, 20 years before the British government’s net zero target.

The UK government has been ordered by the courts to bring air pollution levels down to legal limits in the shortest possible time. A pollution map released by campaigners in February found levels of air pollution that exceed safety limits in almost 2,000 locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The worst place for nitrogen dioxide pollution in 2017 was Kensington and Chelsea, followed by Leeds and Doncaster.

York, which attracts millions of tourists every year to its medieval walls, cobbled streets and 13th-century Gothic cathedral, does not escape the smog.

According to the data, compiled by Friends of the Earth, 12 locations in the city centre exceeded national air quality standards of 40 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic metre (ug/m3).

A bus stop on Rougier Street was the city’s most polluted spot in 2018, the data shows, followed by a taxi rank outside the railway station (59.9 and 57.7 ug/m3 respectively).

Crawshaw, who represents a city-centre ward on City of York council, said the proposal was not about stopping tourism or preventing those living in the city centre from having a car.

He said: “This is about reducing and removing non-essential car journeys across the whole city, while improving the range and attractiveness of alternative travel options.

“Fewer cars on York’s roads would enable faster, more reliable public transport from the suburbs and villages into the city centre. Fewer cars on the roads would make cycling feel safer and a more viable option for more people.”

York and Bristol have gone further than the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, who has imposed clean-air zones and levies in the capital to reduce air pollution.


How to Freeze Bananas

In a blender, combine all ingredients. Puree until smooth.

If the smoothie is too thick, add more skim milk until the desired consistency is reached. Serve.

I always buy bananas with the best of intentions, but unless I need a grab-and-go snack, they typically get relegated to second place when the fridge is full of grapes, berries and watermelon. The poor, ignored bananas sit on the counter until they are spotted and totally unappealing.

To appease my guilt over wasting food, I throw the bananas into smoothies or churn out batches of muffins. But let&rsquos be real&mdashthere are times when I just don&rsquot want a smoothie or don&rsquot have the time for baking.

Frozen bananas are great to have on hand for smoothies and baking, and take just mere minutes to prepare. Since the bananas won&rsquot ripen further once frozen, choose bananas that are fully ripe, and even slightly overripe. The riper the bananas (though the fully blackened specimens should be avoided), the sweeter they&rsquoll be.

For smoothies, unless you have a heavy-duty blender, small chunks of frozen banana are recommended so that you don&rsquot burn out the blender motor. For baking, the bananas can be frozen in bigger pieces, as you&rsquoll typically be defrosting them before mixing into a batter or dough. Just remember that the bigger the pieces, the longer it will take for them to defrost. Since the bananas are naturally sweet, cut any added sugar in half in your baking creations.

So, how do you freeze bananas?

Peel and slice the bananas into the desired size.

Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper and line up the banana pieces in a single layer. This ensures they don&rsquot fuse together after freezing, so you won&rsquot have to pry them apart when you need to grab just a handful to use at a time. I can fit six bananas on one large baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap.

Freeze until the bananas are solid, about 2 hours.

Peel the bananas off of the parchment paper, and place them in freezer-friendly lidded containers. Pop them back into the freezer until ready to use.

Be sure to label the containers and freeze the bananas for up to 6 months.

Frozen bananas are fantastic for smoothies for a few reasons. First, they pair well with so many flavors, such as a classic strawberry-banana combination, a more tropical mango-pineapple-banana mix or a lunchbox favorite, bananas and peanut butter. Since the bananas are frozen, they eliminate the need to add ice to the smoothie, and when blended, add a creamy texture that makes you think that whole milk was added. Creamy without the extra fat is a good thing in my book!

For this smoothie, combine about 1 cup of the frozen banana pieces with some milk (I used nonfat), creamy peanut butter and ground flax seeds.

Give everything a good whir in the blender until it&rsquos smooth. If you prefer the smoothie thinner, just add some extra milk.

Now it&rsquos time to use your imagination. Come up with your own smoothie creation, or throw the frozen bananas in a food processor (with a little cream if you&rsquod like) for a 1-ingredient banana ice cream. Alternatively, thaw the bananas pieces and use them in muffins, cookies, quick breads, pancakes and waffles.


UK Government Pushes to Ban Use of Liquid Nitrogen in Drinks - Recipes

A British Airways aircraft. AFP PHOTO

Summary

  • The airline said Thursday the suspension of operations would see passengers who had booked tickets after April 9, to travel between the two destinations entitled to a full refund.
  • Affected passengers, British Airways said, could also take a voucher for the value of their fare for future travel up to April 30, 2023

British Airways has suspended passenger flights between the United Kingdom and Kenya from Friday after Nairobi banned all flights from Britain to retaliate a move by London to add the country on its travel ‘red list’.

The airline said Thursday the suspension of operations would see passengers who had booked tickets after April 9, to travel between the two destinations entitled to a full refund.

Affected passengers, British Airways said, could also take a voucher for the value of their fare for future travel up to April 30, 2023.

The move by British Airways comes barely four days after Kenya Airways suspended flights between Kenya and the UK effective today until further notice.

“We are not scheduled to operate past April 9 due to the government restrictions,” British Airways told the Business Daily yesterday.

The airline is cancelling flights to Nairobi barely a few days after the UK banned travellers from Kenya from entering England starting April 9 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Kenya is among four countries that have been added to the UK’s red list amid concerns about new Covid-19 variants.

Also, travellers, who have departed from or transited through Kenya, the Philippines, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the previous 10 days would be refused entry into England.

An exception is made for British or Irish passport holders or people with UK residence rights. But they must first pay to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.


UK Government to ban the sale of energy drinks to minors

In an unprecedented move by the UK Government, energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster will be banned from sale to children under the age of 16.

Jamie Oliver has spent years fighting for the UK government to ban the sale of energy drinks to kids. CREDIT: Good Morning Britain.

Jamie Oliver has spent years fighting for the UK government to ban the sale of energy drinks to kids. CREDIT: Good Morning Britain

Energy drinks, high in caffeine and sugar, could soon be banned from sale to children in the UK. Source:istock

The UK Government has moved to ban the sale of energy drinks to all children under the age of 16 following years of lobbying by advocacy groups and celebrities alike.

British Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced the age limit ban on beverages high in caffeine and sugar, such as Monster, Red Bull and Lucozade.

Energy drinks high in caffeine and sugar will now be banned from sale to children. Source:istock

The announcement follows a comprehensive consultation by the UK Health Department into how energy drinks are damaging kids’ health, sparking headaches, hyperactivity and obesity.

A letter written by Mr Hancock to his fellow cabinet ministers revealed his plans to act on the energy drink crisis in the UK.

𠇏ollowing a high level of interest in the consultation, we plan on announcing that we will be ending the sale of energy drinks to children under the age of 16,” Mr Hancock wrote.

He claimed he was “taking a precautionary approach to mitigate the potential negative effects associated with their excessive consumption by children”.

Matt Hancock has delivered a world-first announcement on the sale of energy drinks. Picture: Twitter/MattHancock Source:Twitter

Mr Hancock originally tweeted his department had launched a consultation in August last year, inviting members of the public to submit their opinions on his 𠇌hildhood Obesity Plan”.

Tackling childhood obesity is a top priority for this Govt. Today we’ve launched a consultation on potentially ending the sale of energy drinks to children as part of our #ChildhoodObesityPlan, thanks to great work by @BrineMinister. Have your say here: https://t.co/yka0nQLw8x

&mdash Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) August 30, 2018

In his letter, leaked to News Corp this week, Mr Hancock admitted his plan was likely to ruffle a few feathers within the Government as well as the business industry.

He expected many to speak out against the new law because of the hit it would have on manufacturers and retailers.

At the time of the consultation’s launch, Mr Hancock argued there was a “vital need to tackle childhood obesity” by focusing government efforts on the sale of high sugar drinks like Red Bull and Monster.

“Our consultation on ending the sale of energy drinks to children is an important step towards this,” he wrote.

Currently, children of all ages are able to purchase energy drinks. Source:istock

The move has been strongly supported by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who described Mr Hancock’s initial consultation as “good news” in the effort to tackle the obesity epidemic that’s sweeping the UK.

Oliver has spent more than three years campaigning for young children to be banned from purchasing energy drinks across the globe.

Jamie Oliver has backed the UK Government’s move to ban the sale of energy drinks to kids. Source:News Corp Australia

His campaign #NotForChildren has gained major momentum in the years since and has even allowed him to sit down with MPs to workshop ways to kerb kids’ access to energy drinks, which harms their sleep, diet and learning.

Energy drinks can have life-threatening effects on our body, including high blood pressure and abnormal heartbeats. Protect our children @Jeremy_Hunt and put age restrictions on the sale of energy drinks to under 16s. #NotForChildren

&mdash Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) January 23, 2018

In an interview with Good Morning Britain in 2017, Oliver revealed a study he conducted through his company had found 13 per cent of UK kids were consuming 14 shots of caffeine in energy drinks each day — that’s an entire litre of caffeine-crammed liquid.

“No one wants to ban or regulate anything, but when things go from innocent, tiny things to a prolific problem that’s hurting kids, then we should talk about it,” Oliver said.

He said it was distressing to see kids as young as six walk into a store and “stack up on (energy drinks)”.

“The industry is saying, ‘We don’t market to kids’, but the kids say they do with their colours, their branding, their names and the things they give you when you buy them,” he explained.

12% of kids under 11 drink a whole litre of energy drink in one sitting! Protect our children @Jeremy_Hunt and put age restrictions on the sale of energy drinks to under 16s. #NotForChildren pic.twitter.com/f9B65pab64

&mdash Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) January 16, 2018

THE UK’S OBESITY CRISIS

A government source told News Corp: “It’s interesting to see Hancock trying to get a new sin ban under the wire before his boss Boris arrives.”

A sin tax refers to a tax on items such as alcohol and tobacco.

But a source close to Mr Hancock said a debate was raging within the Government about applying sin taxes to products 𠇌onsumed by adults, but preventing children from consuming harmful products should be a lot more straight forward”.

Conservative MP Boris Johnson is expected to oppose Mr Hancock’s energy drink proposal, arguing instead the Government should 𠇎ncourage people to walk, cycle and generally do more exercise” to lose weight.

Conservative MP Boris Johnson is expected to oppose Mr Hancock’s energy drink proposal. Source:Getty Images

Oliver’s head of nutrition, Laura Matthews, said a typical 250ml energy drink contained 27.5g of sugar, 𠇎quivalent to almost seven cubes of sugar”.

“This is more than a child aged seven to 10 should consume in a whole day,” Ms Matthews said.

“We’ve heard from teachers, parents and children alike about how rife this problem is, with teachers sharing horror stories of trying to lead a classroom that’s “under the influence” of energy drinks and just how obstructive to learning this can be.”

Parts of this story originally appeared on The Sun and were reproduced with permission


‘Emotionally Manipulative Propaganda’: UK Govt Releases ‘Stay Home’ Coronavirus Scare Video

238 UK Govt

In what has been described as “emotionally manipulative propaganda”, the British government has released a high-production lockdown ad campaign, attempt to guilt the public into obeying the country’s lockdown restrictions.

On Saturday, the official Number 10 Downing Street account for the office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Twitter published a dramatic video of sickly coronavirus patients and National Health Service (NHS) workers, demanding that Britons “Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives”.

As ominous Hollywood-esque piano plays in the background, the video pans in close to the eyes of coronavirus patients, and the narrator says: “Look them in the eyes and tell them you’re doing all you can to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

The shock ad was accompanied by the message: “COVID-19 hospital admissions are higher than ever. It’s likely someone near you has it. So only go out if it’s essential. Sticking to the rules stops the spread.”

The video was released alongside campaign pictures of morose-looking elderly people wearing oxygen masks, with text saying: “Look him/her in the eyes” and tell them “you never bend the rules”, “you always keep a safe distance”, or “that the risk isn’t real”.

London mayor candidate David Kurten lambasted the latest lockdown campaign, urging Britons to “resist the Johnson Regime’s malevolent behavioural psychology [and] emotionally manipulative propaganda.”

“Lockdowns and business closures are unnecessary and disproportionate,” Kurten claimed.

“Stand up for civil liberties,” the lockdown sceptic candidate pronounced.

COVID-19 hospital admissions are higher than ever.

It’s likely someone near you has it. So only go out if it’s essential.

Sticking to the rules stops the spread.

Find out more at https://t.co/6oXW28nKGq#StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/vys55FYeiP

&mdash UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) January 23, 2021

Conservative Party MP Craig Mackinlay also took aim at the lockdown campaign, likening it to the dire warnings promulgated by the anti-Brexit ‘Project Fear’ campaign during the 2016 EU referendum.

“It seems to me we are now being held hostage to a zero Covid policy which is completely unattainable – or if you do attain it we are going to be in lockdown for an incredibly long period. That just cannot be,” Mackinlay told the Daily Mail.

“The next thing will be ‘oh dear, this new variant from Timbuktu is not responsive to the vaccine’, or ‘the vaccine doesn’t work against it’,” he warned.

The new adverts warning people to stay home pic.twitter.com/erIn70vtTL

&mdash Politics For All (@PoliticsForAlI) January 22, 2021

The use of scare tactics from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government comes as the British healthcare establishment has claimed that the so-called ‘Kent’ mutation of the virus is up to 30 per cent deadlier than previous strains of the Chinese virus.

Just over a week ago, the government also warned Brits that buying a coffee or seeing friends could “cost lives“.

“Unnecessary social contact puts you and others at risk. If you are buying takeaway food or drinks, remember: wash your hands, wear a face-covering indoors and stay 2 metres apart from others,” the government’s lockdown advert said.

Another post went on to say that “catch-ups” with friends will “costs lives,” adding: “Meeting others unnecessarily could be the link in a chain of transmission that has a vulnerable person at the end.”

In October, the healthcare analyst firm Dr Foster revealed that the government’s shock tactics surrounding the coronavirus have resulted in a massive decrease in the number of non-coronavirus illnesses being treated by Britain’s socialised healthcare system.

The report found that the government’s message to “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives” scared away patients from going to the hospital, resulting in up to a 90 per cent drop in non-coronavirus related admissions, which the analyst firm warned could result in excess deaths.

50,000 Children’s Surgeries Postponed, Deaths on Transplant Waiting List Near-Doubled Due to Lockdown: Report https://t.co/gOWbBWYodF

&mdash Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) October 20, 2020

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Haryana bans use of liquid nitrogen in food and drinks

The Haryana government has banned the mixing of liquid nitrogen with any drink or food article, a Food and Drugs Administration department official told IANS on Friday. Medical experts believe that the use of liquid nitrogen in food and drinks is harmful to humans, Food Safety Commissioner Saket Kumar said.

“Due to its low temperature, liquid nitrogen could be extremely damaging to body tissue, causing frostbite and cryogenic burning on contact,” said Kumar. “Moreover, if ingested, it could lead to severe internal damage, destroying tissues in the mouth and intestinal tract.”

Liquid nitrogen releases a large volume of gas on evaporation and could burst open the stomach if ingested in large quantities, added Kumar.

On July 4, a Delhi-based businessman had to be hospitalised after he drank a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen at a Gurugram pub. Doctors had said the victim’s stomach looked like an “open book”.


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