A warning has been issued by Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverages Division over in the US that drinking out of copper mugs could give you food poisoning. Read more.
One of the biggest interiors trends to have reared its head in the last few years has to be the use of copper. You can’t go anywhere without spotting this rather industrial aesthetic, whether it’s on your kitchen countertops (which look stunning, by the way) or simply a nod to the look in the form of mugs, cutlery and crockery.
But it seems that you’d perhaps be wise to keep your copper use to a minimum when it comes to eating and drinking, instead bringing it in on your worktops and shelving as an alternative.
Earlier this month, a warning was issued by Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverages Division over in the US that drinking out of copper mugs (which are very popular in bars and restaurants at the moment, and no doubt in many homes as well) could actually give you food poisoning.
According to the Independent, a statement from the group warns that copper mugs that have been lined with a non-copper interior like stainless steel or nickel are safe to use… but copper and copper alloy use could result in poisoning.
The group was quoted by the news source as saying: “When copper and copper alloy surfaces contact acidic foods, copper may be leached into the food.”
There’s no denying that copper is incredibly beautiful and looks wonderful in interior design but it seems that you’d perhaps be wise to keep it out of the kitchen drawers if you want to keep your family safe and healthy. Or just make sure that the mugs you buy have non-copper interiors and you’ll be absolutely fine.
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