Moscow Mule Copper Mug May Cause Food Poisoning

Iowa Issues Warning to Cocktail Drinkers

This means that copper mugs that have a copper interior may not be used with this beverage.

"High concentrations of copper are poisonous and have caused foodborne illness", an advisory bulletin from Iowa's Alcoholic Beverages Division".

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Iowa's health advisory warns that a Moscow Mule drink served in a copper mug could turn acidic enough for it to become a hazard to the person who consumes the drink. Examples of foods with a pH below 6 also include vinegar, fruit juice and wine, according to the notice. When the copper or copper alloys come into contact with food or liquid with a pH below 6, the copper can leach into it.

A Moscow Mule cocktail served up in a copper mug. For the uninitiated, a Moscow Mule has vodka, ginger beer, and lime, and thus is acidic, explains Live Science.

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According to the National Institutes of Health, symptoms of copper poisoning include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and jaundice. However, officials say it would take years of drinking Moscow Mules to develop issues from the copper. As long as those folks are serving their Moscow Mule drinks in copper cups that only have copper on the outside and not risky copper on the inside, then those consuming the drinks should be fine.

The health warning does note that copper mugs that have an inner lining using a different metal like nickel or stainless steel are safe to drink from.

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"In poisonings from a long-term buildup of copper in the body, the outcome depends on how much damage there is to the body's organs", the NIH said.

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