Drinks served in copper mugs could be poisonous

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It may look appealing and give you the satisfaction you need, but is it safe?

Contrary to reports last week that Iowa was banning copper mugs entirely, a state official said that restrictions apply only to restaurants and bars, who may not serve acidic liquids - like the lime juice in Moscow Mules - in unlined copper vessels.

Iowa's Alcoholic Beverages Division issued this warning, soon after the FDA released a Moral Food Code.

"Iowa, as well as many other states, has adopted the federal Food and Drug Administration's Model Food Code, which prohibits copper from coming into direct contact with foods that have a pH below 6.0". If they do, they risk suffering food poisoning.


The Moscow Mule, a cocktail made from a refreshing mix of vodka, ginger beer and lime juice, is fast becoming one of the must-try beverages of 2017. If you like cocktails, and enjoy the classic beverage Moscow Mule, you might be upset to hear this news.

If a drink has a pH balance lower than 6, and it's in a copper mug, it could cause the copper to be leached out. If you can not give up the fancy way to serve the cocktail, there is still a solution.

"However, copper mugs lined on the interior with another metal, such as nickel or stainless steel, are allowed to be used and are widely available".

Copper poisoning can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and jaundice. Therefore, if you experience these symptoms and have copper plates or mugs in your home, go see a doctor immediately and ask for the proper treatment.

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