Moscow Mules in copper mugs could be poisoning you

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This means that copper mugs that have a copper interior may not be used with this beverage. So you might be taking in a concentration of copper along with your cocktail. For the uninitiated, a Moscow Mule has vodka, ginger beer, and lime, and thus is acidic, explains Live Science.

The acid that results from mixing water and carbon dioxide leaches copper from the plumbing components and the leachate is then transferred to beverages, causing copper poisoning.

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According to an advisory bulletin published late last month from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, copper mugs may be poisoning drinkers.

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.

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The Iowa advisory says the state has adopted the US 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".

Copper is commonly used for kitchenware like pots and pans, but it can be unsafe. The state allows some copper mugs which have metal or stainless steel linings inside. The symptoms of copper poisoning include vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). If you search for mule mugs on Amazon, numerous top sellers are unlined pure copper.

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