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    Good news! Food from the floor really is safe under the ‘five second rule’

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    Good news for all the filthy floor eaters out there

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    (Via The Metro)

    Most of us saying the words don’t have any food hygiene facts to back it up, just a general feeling of optimism.

    But now a scientist has gone ahead and confirmed what we always suspected.

    Germ expert Professor Anthony Hilton, from Aston University, said that ‘food is unlikely to have picked up harmful bacteria from a few seconds spent on an indoor floor.’

    A good test is to see if it is ‘visibly contaminated’ with dirt. If so, don’t eat it, obviously.

    ‘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.’

    Prof Hilton will be demonstrating how the five-second rule works at The Big Bang Fair – a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people – which opens on Wednesday at the NEC in Birmingham.

    He said that while germs can transfer from the floor to food, it’s not something we should be overly panicked about.

    ‘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,’ he said.

    It comes as a survey of 2,000 people found 79% admitted to eating food that had fallen on the floor.

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    Thoughts? Do you eat something if it's fallen on the floor? Don't worry, I won't judge you. Promise.

    25 Comments

    I guess it really depends on three Factors 1) Was the surface a place I think might have been cleaned recently 2) If the foot was hot or cold 3) Can I bin it and still live ......it's all down to personal taste and choice but just bear in mind there is likely more harmful stuff on public door handles and your mobile than you kitchen floor.

    This is what actually happens:
    http://i.imgur.com/sF1RG8m.jpg

    This is the problem with todays society, you take the word of an 'expert' professor who I will guarantee is not an 'expert' at any respected level, just a moron who went through school.

    Because of 'experts' this is one of the reasons we have endless dietary myths and stupid "cleanses" on the market.

    Yet another 'expert' telling us how to suck eggs.

    My mother used to say 'you will eat a bushel of dirt before you die'.

    And I don't have any alagies to anything.

    robin5858

    Yet another 'expert' telling us how to suck eggs.My mother used to say … Yet another 'expert' telling us how to suck eggs.My mother used to say 'you will eat a bushel of dirt before you die'.And I don't have any alagies to anything.



    ​she was correct google.co.uk/amp…mp/

    Don't care what they say i wont be changing my habbits. If it drops on the floor its going in the bin!

    I won't be changing mine either...as long as its not covered in hair and muck its getting eaten!

    no it isn't.

    https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/betty-me/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/30101237/4b276e20-f76d-0132-f13f-0ed54733f8f5.gif

    robin5858

    Yet another 'expert' telling us how to suck eggs.My mother used to say … Yet another 'expert' telling us how to suck eggs.My mother used to say 'you will eat a bushel of dirt before you die'.And I don't have any alagies to anything.


    great news but do you have any allergies?

    I've always used the 5 second rule. So do my kids. No problems here.

    BTW anything over 5 seconds goes in the dog .

    Ewwwww

    Does this apply to soup?

    Growing up rice was always sacred and we would eat every grain even if it fell on the floor.

    miikeyblue

    Does this apply to soup?



    ​that actually made me lol. got some strange looks at me though.

    I guess if you have a straw handy and can suck it up real quick you're good to go. my dad used to give us a straw when we were little to suck up spills on the table cloth was good fun trying to get all the last drops. let us know how you get on miickey and if you survive to tell the tale

    ritchiedrama

    This is the problem with todays society, you take the word of an 'expert' … This is the problem with todays society, you take the word of an 'expert' professor who I will guarantee is not an 'expert' at any respected level, just a moron who went through school.Because of 'experts' this is one of the reasons we have endless dietary myths and stupid "cleanses" on the market.

    robin5858

    Yet another 'expert' telling us how to suck eggs.My mother used to say … Yet another 'expert' telling us how to suck eggs.My mother used to say 'you will eat a bushel of dirt before you die'.And I don't have any alagies to anything.

    dataload

    great news but do you have any allergies?



    I think "alagies" is an old Scots mother's word for allergies.

    ("inb4" auto-correct is blamed; auto-corrected to a proper noun, rather than a made-up nonsense word, of course)

    This "Expert", however, sounds like they undertook very in-depth scientific trials...
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    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.’
    ---



    miikeyblue

    Does this apply to soup?

    adhkarzf

    ​that actually made me lol. got some strange looks at me though. I guess i … ​that actually made me lol. got some strange looks at me though. I guess if you have a straw handy and can suck it up real quick you're good to go. my dad used to give us a straw when we were little to suck up spills on the table cloth was good fun trying to get all the last drops...



    Was that on an indoor tablecloth?



    When I worked at McDonald's I quite often applied the 10 second rule.

    No one ever died as far as I was aware!

    5 second rule applies , but only if it's in my house, and a food stuff I really wanted to eat :3, so a grape is likely to be ok, but a sprout would be heading for the bin.

    colin4man

    I've always used the 5 second rule. So do my kids. No problems here.BTW … I've always used the 5 second rule. So do my kids. No problems here.BTW anything over 5 seconds goes in the dog .



    Not if you have a 2 second dog X)

    gazdoubleu

    ​she was correct https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/draxe.com/eating-dirt/amp/



    Yet another blo.dy expert.

    My advice from my mum was passed on from her Grandmother. Considering Nan lived to just be over 100 years old, I'm not going to argue with her.​

    Towelie

    When I worked at McDonald's I quite often applied the 10 second rule. No … When I worked at McDonald's I quite often applied the 10 second rule. No one ever died as far as I was aware!



    Well how would you know. They would not really be in a position to complain.​

    So if I drop it on:
    https://www.petpooskiddoo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/mud_poop.png
    Your still gonna eat it if it was on it for less than 5 seconds?
    I'm **** not! Lol

    Depends how clean your floor is.Some peoples work tops are dirtier than their toilet seats

    Do you wear shoes in the house or take them off at the door like a civilised person is the main thing and do you have any pets running about like dogs and cats. If the answer is yes to wearing shoes indoors or having pets i would not touch anything that landed on your floor with a ten foot barge poll.
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