Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Health Care | By Jan Bell

Moscow mule copper mugs may be toxic, officials say

Moscow mule copper mugs may be toxic, officials say

Food experts have long known not to use copper, or copper-related pots and pans for cooking acidic recipes such as tomato sauce.

However, an advisory bulletin is warning bars and restaurants against serving the drinks in a traditional copper cup.

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Recently, Iowa adopted the Food and Drug Administration's food code, which prohibits copper from coming into direct contacts with acidic foods with a pH below 6.0, like vinegar, fruit juice or wine.

If you're only drinking Moscow Mules occasionally - or even less than every day - you're probably not going to be poisoned. As reported by Newser, the popularity of Moscow Mule drinks served in copper mugs might not be a good thing due to a chemical reaction that can occur in certain copper mugs. The problem is, you're not supposed to serve acidic beverages in mugs with a copper interior because it raises the risk of copper leaching into the drink.

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"Mugs that have a copper interior may not be used with this beverage". It could cause stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice. As long as those folks are serving their Moscow Mule drinks in copper cups that only have copper on the outside and not unsafe copper on the inside, then those consuming the drinks should be fine. The state allows some copper mugs which have metal or stainless steel linings inside. If you search for mule mugs on Amazon, numerous top sellers are unlined pure copper.

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