Scientist Confirms 'Five-Second Rule' Okay For Food Dropped On Floor

Scientists confirm that you can safely eat items that have fallen to the ground within five seconds of dropping it.

Previously it had been dispelled as an urban myth, but germ expert Professor Anthony Hilton, says that although it can be risky because it depends on where you are dropping it, but there is little to be concerned about if the food is only on the floor momentarily. 

"Obviously, food covered in visible dirt shouldn't be eaten, but as long as it's not obviously contaminated, the science shows that food is unlikely to have picked up harmful bacteria from a few seconds spent on an indoor floor.

"That is not to say that germs can't transfer from the floor to the food.

"Our research has shown that the nature of the floor surface, the type of food dropped on the floor and the length of time it spends on the floor can all have an impact on the number that can transfer."

This study comes after a survey of 2,000 people revealed that 79% of them admitted to eating food that had fallen on the floor.


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