Moscow Mule Mugs Pose Health Risk

Iowa Issues Warning to Cocktail Drinkers

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.

However, while the cocktail looks and tastes great, a warning from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division suggests the mugs may actually be unsafe to use for the Moscow mule.

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.

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". These items include vinegar, fruit juice and the Moscow mule, the pH level og which falls far below the standard. It's not the actual beverage that makes it so iconic, but the flashy copper mug that is nearly always used to serve it.


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

The way to avoid copper poisoning is to check to see if the mugs you're drinking from have a nickel lining or better yet, stainless steel.

"In poisonings from a long-term buildup of copper in the body, the outcome depends on how much damage there is to the body's organs", the NIH said.

Share

Related News

  • European Union  to impose more Russian Federation  sanctions over Siemens case on Friday: diplomats

    European Union to impose more Russian Federation sanctions over Siemens case on Friday: diplomats

    Last month, Siemens said four of its gas turbines, designed for the project in Taman, were illegally delivered to the Crimea by a Russian contractor.
    WH Denies Involvement In False Fox News Story

    WH Denies Involvement In False Fox News Story

    Police homicide detective also charges Fox with racial discrimination saying he has been denied air time and full-time employment. Butowsky recently told NPR that he was only kidding about Trump's involvement and told CNN that "the lawsuit is bulls-t".
    Trump dictated statement for son on Russian Federation  meeting

    Trump dictated statement for son on Russian Federation meeting

    President Trump reportedly dictated Trump Jr.'s response as he flew home from a meeting of world leaders in Germany. Goldstone states that the "Crown prosecutor of Russia" had met with a previous business partner of the elder Mr.
  • New York Knicks hire former Bucks VP of player development Craig Robinson

    New York Knicks hire former Bucks VP of player development Craig Robinson

    Multiple reports suggested he will have a versatile role, including player development duties with the Knicks' G-League team. That combination of coaching and front office experience is consistent with what NY has been searching for this offseason.
    Eric Bolling Suspended; Fox News Spokesperson Tells Heavy

    Eric Bolling Suspended; Fox News Spokesperson Tells Heavy

    He was a longtime co-host of the Five and recently began a gig as co-host of a new afternoon show known as the Specialists . Bolling , a co-host of the Fox News program " The Specialists ", is a vocal defender of President Donald Trump.
    Samsung officially introduces the SM-G9298 flip phone

    Samsung officially introduces the SM-G9298 flip phone

    It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor which clocks speeds of 2.15 GHz and 1.6 GHz in two cores each. It has also not announced if they will be selling the phone in India or like its predecessors it will be exclusive to China.
  • Venezuela: Hunt for 'mercenaries' in rebellion against Maduro

    The judges convicted another mayor on Tuesday for failing to move against protesters during four months of political unrest. Now, the commission will operate under the aegis of the new constitutional assembly with its untrammeled powers.
    Ubisoft's For Honor is Free To Play This Weekend

    Ubisoft's For Honor is Free To Play This Weekend

    The "Grudge & Glory" update will add two new heroes and new maps to the game as well as promising a complete balance overhaul. The access period will run until August 13 on PC and extend all the way to August 15 on consoles.
    Russian, US diplomats discuss North Korea

    Russian, US diplomats discuss North Korea

    Trump has preserved the deal for now, although he has made clear he did so reluctantly after being advised to do so by Tillerson. That $60 million from the Defense Department could expire by September 30 if he doesn't request a transfer.
  • Clinton, Missouri police officer shot and killed late Sunday night

    Clinton, Missouri police officer shot and killed late Sunday night

    They are advising the public to avoid contact with McCarthy as he is considered armed and risky . Michael was a lifelong resident of Clinton and leaves behind a wife and stepsons.
    Despacito Hits 3 Billion You Tube Views

    Despacito Hits 3 Billion You Tube Views

    Fonsi's Spanish pop hit - which has been No. 1 on the charts for 12 straight weeks - won't be alone in the three-billion view club for very long at all.
    United Kingdom  govt says concerned about Centrica's planned power price rise

    United Kingdom govt says concerned about Centrica's planned power price rise

    The average household bill on its dual fuel tariff is forecast to rise by about GBP76 per year to GBP1,120, up 7.3%. British Gas will increase its electricity tariffs by 12.5pc in September 2017: Pictured: British Gas engineer.