Researchers Disprove Five Second Rule

    BERLIN - OCTOBER 02:  A medico-technical assistant examined virus-infected cells under a microscope at Robert Koch Institute on October 2, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is the central facility of the German Federal Government in the area of Disease Control and Prevention. The main objective of the RKI is the recognition, prevention and the fight against disease especially infectious disease. Part of its tasks is the general legislative application of scientific findings as basis to reach health political decisions.  (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

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    Looks like we can’t eat food off the floor anymore.  Researchers in a study co-funded by Clorox at San Diego State University have found that germs can in fact attach themselves to food within five seconds.  The ‘five second rule, aka, the popular belief that it is safe to consume dropped food if it has been picked up within five seconds—-was invalidated when researchers deposited baby carrots onto various surfaces.  Germs were able to affix themselves onto the carrots within five seconds of contact. There is no word so far on whether it has been replaced by the “four second rule.”

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