Friday, 15 December, 2017

Moscow mule copper mugs may be toxic, officials say

Moscow Mule Copper Mug May Cause Food Poisoning Iowa Issues Warning to Cocktail Drinkers
Ben Pena | 09 August, 2017, 20:43

Right now, the use of copper mugs is only limited in a few states, including Iowa and Wisconsin.

The simple cocktail requires only vodka, lime juice and ginger beer along with garnish which can either be a lime slice or mint leaves.

"The recent popularity of Moscow Mules, an alcoholic cocktail typically served in a copper mug, has led to inquiries regarding the safe use of copper mugs and this beverage", the advisory notes.

Officials stated that using copper mugs to serve beverages with a pH balance below 6.0 could cause copper to leach into the drink.

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An advisory bulletin issued by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division says copper should not come in in direct contact with food or drinks that have a pH below 6. Examples of these acidic foods include fruit juice, wine, vinegar - and Moscow Mules.

"High concentrations of copper are poisonous and have caused foodborne illness".

Though most restaurateurs know not to use copper when preparing food, being barred from using it for drinks is a newer discovery. Foods that are acidic (pH lower than 6.0) can corrode the copper and cause the metal alloys to mix in the food or liquids.

As The Washington Post reported this week, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division released a bulletin late last month warning bartenders and restaurants against serving the popular cocktail in copper mugs, as is traditional. The state allows some copper mugs which have metal or stainless steel linings inside. The long-term effects of copper poisoning also include liver damage or cirrhosis.

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