Uh-oh! These Insta-worthy cocktail mugs could give you food poisoning

Drinks served in copper mugs could be poisonous

If you are a fan of Moscow Mule cocktails, you probably also enjoy sipping them from a fashionable copper cup.

Iowa's Alcohol Beverages Division found that the mug in which the drink is traditionally served may cause copper poisoning. Cocktails like the Moscow Mule, which are widely served in copper mugs and include lime juice, fall far below this standard. "This means that copper mugs that have a copper interior may not be used with this beverage".

Of course, it's important to check before you start to drink and if in doubt, opt for the much safer (albeit, not almost as beautiful) classic glass tumbler instead.

The report cites and advisory bulletin from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

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"Iowa, as well as many other states, has adopted the federal 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". To make it look good, bartenders often add a lime slice above and, to make the drink as fashionable as possible, they serve it in copper mugs.

The health warning does note that copper mugs that have an inner lining using a different metal like nickel or stainless steel are still safe to drink from.

The side effects of copper poisoning include stomach pains, yellowing of the skin, diarrhea and vomiting, according to CBS Chicago. Therefore, if you experience these symptoms and have copper plates or mugs in your home, go see a doctor immediately and ask for the proper treatment.

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