Moscow Mule Copper Mug May Cause Food Poisoning

Posted August 10, 2017

However, an advisory bulletin is warning bars and restaurants against serving the drinks in a traditional copper cup.

An advisory bulletin from Iowa's alcoholic beverages division notes that, in keeping with food and drug administration guidelines, copper should not come into contact with acidic foods with a PH below 6. As reported by Newser, the popularity of Moscow Mule drinks served in copper mugs might not be a good thing due to a chemical reaction that can occur in certain copper mugs. Made of vodka, lime, and ginger beer, the acidic combination of a Moscow Mule means it should not be served in a pure copper mug, according to Live Science. These items include vinegar, fruit juice and the Moscow mule, the pH level og which falls far below the standard.

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The Alcoholic Beverages Division reminds businesses they can not serve Moscow Mules in mugs with a copper interior.

Copper is commonly used for kitchenware like pots and pans, but it can be unsafe.

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High concentrations of copper are poisonous and have caused foodborne illness. The statement said that those with inner linings that use a different metal such as stainless steel or nickel are safe to drink from.

Symptoms of copper poisoning include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice, according to the U.S. If you search for mule mugs on Amazon, numerous top sellers are unlined pure copper.

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