You hear parents say it all the time…go ahead and pick it up and eat it-5 second rule! You may want to rethink it the next time you say it to your kids.
If you live by the “five-second rule?” You know, the one where, if you drop something on the floor and pick it up within five seconds, it’s deemed safe to eat? Well, it turns out timing isn’t everything.
A new study published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology has concluded that bacteria can transfer on any surface no matter how quickly you pick it up.