Health Canada warning
Health Canada warns Canadians about potential lead exposure from stainless steel rum flasks
OTTAWA - Health Canada is warning Canadians that use of certain stainless steel liquor flasks may pose a lead exposure risk. The seams and the spout of the flasks in question were fastened together with solder that contains a high proportion of lead. Tests carried out by the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) on one brand of flask showed that, within 24 hours, hazardous levels of lead may leach out of the solder into liquid contained in the flasks. Therefore, anyone who drinks liquor or other liquids stored in the flasks for even short periods of time may be at risk of ingesting lead, particularly if the liquid is acidic.
Health Canada has information that gift sets containing these stainless steel flasks which may pose a lead exposure hazard were sold from 1999 to 2003 in provincial or territorial retail liquor outlets across Canada. Flasks sold in the gift sets were approximately 6 oz in size and may be wrapped with leather. Provincial and territorial liquor control boards have issued recalls for two Appleton Estate gift sets, each containing a 375-ml bottle of rum, a Bacardi White Rum gift set, and the Wiser's De Luxe Canadian Whisky gift set. Consumers are advised to contact their local retail liquor outlet for specific product recall, return and reimbursement information.
There is no lead exposure risk associated with drinking the bottled rum, whisky or other liquor included in the gift sets, provided that the liquors were not stored in the accompanying metal flask.
Although no incidents of lead poisoning following use of these flasks have been reported to date, Health Canada is advising Canadians who may have one of these flasks in their possession to stop using it immediately.
Lead is a toxic heavy metal. It can produce harmful effects on human health even at low levels of exposure. If you suspect lead poisoning from use of one of these flasks, contact your family physician who can order a blood test to measure your blood lead level.
Health Canada is investigating the import and sale of this type of liquor flask on the Canadian marketplace and will issue an update to this warning if necessary.
Still in use?
Do people still actually use flasks? yes peter davis still makes hipflasks in the jewellery quarter of birmingham u.k. the cheap chinese examples are soldered with lead solder which is banned here now.flasks are still very popular for 21 birthdays and groomsman presents
– DT29 07:59, 28 June 2006 (UTC)
- Good sir, you sure know your cliches. =P --Kaonashi 05:30, 25 August 2006 (UTC)
- I'm kind of offended. You calling me an alcoholic?
- Public drinking isn't illegal in all countries you know... Slow Riot 18:05, 13 April 2007 (UTC)
The first part of this article explains that hip flasks appeared in the 18th Century, yet an insertion at the end of the article comments that the hip flask was invented in the 1920. These two facts appear to be conflicting. Can anybody rectify this situation?
"The hip flask began to appear in the form recognised today in the 18th century, initially used by members of the gentry."
"The Whiskey or Hip Flask was invented by Osmond Jamouneau, in the early 1920s during prohibition."
- Well, there isn't anything to be found on Google for "hip flask Osmond Jamouneau". However, this museum has one from 1890, and I came accross several commercial websites selling hip flasks from pre-1920, so that comment seems to be untrue - after all, one of the external links in the reference section claims that the sale of hipflasks was prohibited during that time. I was quite surprised at the lack on information about them on the internet, though. Bob talk 21:30, 14 August 2006 (UTC)
I removed the following text: "In the year 2006, "Flask" became a popular insult beginning in the town of Southington, CT in the United States." It is such a bizarre, random fact -- if there is a citation for it, fine. Otherwise, it sounds too much like a joke.
Legality of carrying hip flasks
Perhaps somebody could add a discussion about legality. It is illegal to carry or drive with a hip flask in any state with an open contain law or drunk driving law. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 05:41, 7 July 2011 (UTC)
- That would be an endless list. By 'state' do you mean sovereign state or US state? A list for all would be very long and listing each US state would make the article too US-centric. The rest of the world don't really care about particular laws in the state of Texas or the state of Redneck, USA.--220.127.116.11 (talk) 21:19, 11 June 2013 (UTC)