Let’s Take a Time-Out to Review the Five-Second Rule

Most people have heard about the “five-second” rule, which says that if you drop food on the floor, it’s still OK to eat if you pick it up in less than five seconds. But new research at Rutgers University shows that, depending on the food and the surface, it’s possible for bacterial contamination to occur even quicker than that. As reported by Scientific American, the new findings are something to think about — but not obsess over. So. How do you know whether...

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