Can you still eat it?
THE FIVE second rule—a popular notion that food dropped on a surface is safe to eat if picked up within five seconds—has been debunked. A study shows that crosscontamination can begin in less than a second. Bacterial transfer was affected the most by longer contact time and high moisture in food. The type of surface is also a factor. Carpet, for instance, showed very low transfer rates as compared to stainless steel and ceramic tile. The wetter the food, the higher the risk of transfer, the study reported. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, September 2