By John Smith •
Published: 15 Jun 2021 • 11:13
The mug in question
THE Gibraltar Office of Fair Trading has issued a recall notice for Pusser’s Rum mugs with blue rims given away on the Rock with purchases of bottles of the spirit.
The reason for the recall is stated as ‘Migration of Cobalt’ and it known that prolonged exposure to that element can cause an asthma-like allergy which can even in the worst-case attack internal organs.
For centuries, the British Royal Navy gave all sailors a daily tot of rum but on Black Tot Day, July 31, 1970 this practice ceased and all of the remaining rations were auctioned off, with the bulk being purchased by an entrepreneur who shipped it all to Gibraltar where he supplied Naval officers with their much-loved rum.
In 1979, the Admiralty came to an agreement with Pusser’s Rum to allow them the rights to use the original specification for the naval tot in return for a regular donation to the Royal Navy Sailors’ Fund and this recipe of a blend of five West Indian rums is now produced in the British Virgin Islands and sold throughout the world.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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