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Moscow Mule Copper Mug May Cause Food Poisoning

Moscow Mule Copper Mug May Cause Food Poisoning

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines - adopted by multiple states, including Iowa - prohibit copper from coming into direct contact with foods like vinegar, fruit juice or wine that have a pH below 6.0.

Moscow mule lovers beware: The copper mug could create a poisonous cocktail. According to the state's alcoholic beverage division, the vodka-ginger beer-lime mixture can not be served in a solid copper mug.

A traditional Moscow Mule falls well below that threshold.

The copper metal of the mug can leech into the cocktail and cause copper poisoning.

Folks might not think about the pH level of their Moscow Mule or other beverages when serving drinks in fancy copper cups, but since the Moscow Mule has a pH level well below 6.0, the copper mug should be avoided.

Food experts have long known not to use copper, or copper-related pots and pans for cooking acidic recipes such as tomato sauce. The US National Library of Medicine notes, "large amounts of copper from unlined cookware can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea".

It's the shiny copper mug in which the cocktail is typically served. The long-term effects of copper poisoning also include liver damage or cirrhosis. "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".

"You're at more risk for alcohol consumption", Marler said.


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