The release of a new food safety report as part of World Health Day on April 7, the world-wide practice of the 5-second rule for dropped food is asked to be reconsidered. As the rule states, that any food dropped on the ground is still deemed consumable if it is picked up from the floor within 5 seconds of its falling. But it turns out that the five-second rule, which justified eating anything we’d just dropped, could actually just be a myth. According to food experts, the rule is largely pointless, but it can be affected by what type of food you’re eating and where you dropped it.
Australian food expert Rachel Williams said: ‘There’s no such things as a “five-second rule”’. ‘It’s a myth, we definitely do not recommend it.’ But she added that the type of food needs to be considered before it is eaten from the floor.
Why is this rule being considered a myth ? What one should also realize is that any food, that is dropped will catch bacteria whatever be the circumstances. But the question remains as to how great the risk is and weather it is worth taking. Bacteria relies on moisture to grow, so any food wet food is considering potentially hazardous. It’s much easier for bacteria to grow on those foods. ‘With dry foods, it is conversely much tougher for bacteria to grow’. Dry foods refer to things such as biscuits, potato chips, nuts and uncooked rice, while wet foods are cold meats, dairy products and cooked rice.
From many researches, it can be concluded that the 5 second rule or the 3 second rule does not imply when bacteria manifestation is in question and in taking dropped food must be avoided as much as possible. Its World Health Day on 7th April and your health comes first.