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Those fancy Moscow mule copper mugs might be slowly poisoning you

Those fancy Moscow mule copper mugs might be slowly poisoning you

Drinking the trendy cocktail drink Moscow mule in copper mug may result in food poisoning marked by diarrhea and yellowing of the skin.

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division recently issued an advisory bulletin to establishments that sell and serve alcoholic beverages, warning them not to use copper mugs.

According to health officials the acid in the cocktail can leech out the copper metal and once it's swallowed it can cause stomach pains unpleasant trips to the bathroom, or worse.

Lime juice has a pH around 2.0, which is easily acidic enough to dissolve small amounts of copper from the mug into your drink.

Moscow Mules are traditionally served in a copper mug, but health officials warn the classic combination could lead to food poisoning.

Other examples of beverages with a pH below 6.0 include fruit juice and wine. When the copper or copper alloys come into contact with food or liquid with a pH below 6, the copper can leach into it.

"This means that copper mugs that have a copper interior may not be used with this beverage", according to the ABD.

Copper is commonly used for kitchenware like pots and pans, but it can be unsafe. The long-term effects of copper poisoning also include liver damage or cirrhosis. The state allows some copper mugs which have metal or stainless steel linings inside.

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

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