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Five second rule: Excuse to eat off the floor ‘debunked’ by US scientists

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Invoking the “five-second rule” has saved many a dropped morsel of food from the bin, but scientists have now debunked the unwritten law for eating off the ground.

The popular belief that food touching the floor for five seconds or less is safe to consume has been tested by Rutgers University, New Jersey, to determine once and for all if it has any merits.

Based on the assumption that bacteria needs time to transfer onto food, the rule has been the last bastion of the person hoping to salvage scraps from the floor. – READ MORE

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