The slip-up

Prevention (Australia) - - Mind Cover Story -

YOU EAT SOME­THING THAT FELL ON THE FLOOR

THE WORST THAT COULD HAP­PEN

You could get a food-borne ill­ness. For that to oc­cur, you’d have to: (a) bring home con­tam­i­nated food; (b) drop it on your floor; and (c) drop other food onto a spot you just con­tam­i­nated – and then eat it. And the five-sec­ond rule won’t help you: mi­crobes latch onto food the in­stant it makes con­tact with a sur­face and, ac­cord­ing to food sci­en­tist Dr Paul Daw­son, the number of bac­te­ria trans­ferred can be enough to make you sick.

WHAT WILL PROB­A­BLY HAP­PEN

Noth­ing. The dirt on your floor doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily con­tain ill­ness-caus­ing germs. “The odds of get­ting sick from eat­ing food that’s fallen on the floor are ex­tremely low,” Daw­son says.

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