‘Five-Second Rule’ for Food on Floor Is Untrue, Study Finds

The five-second rule posits that if you drop a piece of food on the floor and pick it up fast enough – say within five seconds of it touching the floor – it’s still safe to eat. This “rule” has been uttered by schoolchildren and, admit it, adults for decades – maybe longer – but is it really true? According to previous research as well as a new study covered by the New York Times, the answer is no. Bacteria can transfer to a surface almost instantly. So...

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