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Smithsonian online magazine picked up a study from Rutgers about the “five second rule” – eating food off the floor apparently isn’t okay, even if it’s only been five seconds!
“This pillar of American folklore, the so-called “five-second rule,” is now under attack from scientists at Rutgers University.
Though the five-second rule may seem like a silly line of inquiry, food safety is a major health burden in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that every year, one in six Americans (roughly 48 million people) get sick from foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die.”
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