Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Moscow Mule Copper Mug May Cause Food Poisoning

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Marlene Weaver | 10 August, 2017, 00:30

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.

The Alcoholic Beverages Division of the State of Iowa is concerned with the interaction of those contents with the copper mug and issued an advisory bulletin in late July to warn of potential health risks.

The simple cocktail requires only vodka, lime juice and ginger beer along with garnish which can either be a lime slice or mint leaves. Although the copper mugs may look stunning, they aren't necessarily healthy when used to house drinks that have an acidity of a pH below 6.0.

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In the advisory, health officials note that, in abiding by FDA guidelines, copper should not come into contact with acidic foods that have a pH below 6. Copper poisoning can cause people to experience nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and liver failure.

Copper is commonly used for kitchenware like pots and pans, but it can be unsafe. With such low pH levels, the acidic drinks could cause copper to leak into the drink or food being served, and that could lead to copper poisoning. Copper pots, for instance, can alter the flavor of the recipe.

Not all copper mugs, however, are poisonous. Solution? A mug with a copper exterior is fine, but make sure the interior is made of stainless steel, nickel, or some other alternative. If you search for mule mugs on Amazon, numerous top sellers are unlined pure copper.

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