5 second rule, is it safe?


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According to a study done at Aston University in England, it all depends on what surface the food fell on and how long it stayed there.

“Consuming food dropped on the floor still carries an infection risk, as it very much depends on which bacteria are present on the floor at the time,” Anthony Hilton, a professor of microbiology at Aston University in England, said in university news release.

“However, the findings of this study will bring some light relief to those who have been employing the five-second rule for years, despite a general consensus that it is purely a myth,” he added. “We have found evidence that transfer from indoor flooring surfaces is incredibly poor with carpet actually posing the lowest risk of bacterial transfer onto dropped food.”

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