The ‘five second rule’ – Myth or Fact?
Many people are firm believers of the ‘five-second rule’ arguing that if it’s picked up off the floor within five seconds, it’s still safe to eat. According to a survey carried out by Aston
In short – no! Even if it spends a mere second on the floor, it is still enough time for the food to be contaminated with bacteria. How much bacteria, however,
When in doubt, toss it out
For those who believe that a little dirt never hurt anyone here is a harrowing statistic – each year in the UK around a million people suffer a food-related illness and of these, about 20,000 people require hospital treatment. Up to 500 of
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So what to do with that piece of chocolate cake you just dropped on the floor – the safest choice is to throw it out.Return to news