Wednesday 15 March 2017

This Why You Should The Food You Dropped Them On The Floor


Admit it - we’ve all accidentally dropped a tasty snack on the ground and then cited the ‘five second rule’ as a reason to still eat it.

But, according to food safety experts, we should think twice about eating anything that’s fallen to the floor - even if it’s just for a few seconds.

“There's no such thing as a 'five second rule,” Food Safety Information Council spokeswoman Rachelle Williams told Daily Mail Australia.

“It's a myth. We definitely do not recommend it.”

All is not lost, however. Let’s face it, if you drop a ginger nut on the carpet or crackers in the kitchen, you’re probably still going to scoff them - and, while that’s not advised, it is much safer to eat than a sausage that’s fallen to the floor.

“It all comes down to bacteria,” explained Williams. 'Bacteria relies on moisture to grow, so any wet food is considered 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.”

Now let's think about the type of surface you drop food on - a smooth surface or a carpet.

Research from the University of Illinois in 2007 found it was definitely possible for bacteria to transfer onto food within five seconds – however, the type of floor and cleanliness of the floor was a big factor.

They determined that bacteria is less likely to be picked up by food that’s dropped on a carpet or rug than a smooth surface; research found that carpets containing Salmonella transferred less than 1% of bacteria onto food dropped onto it.

Compare that to the 48-70% transferred onto food dropped on a smooth floor, like wooden or tiled, and you’ll never eat from your kitchen floor again!

And before you think you’ve got the constitution of an ox, the study found that you only need to pick up 0.1% bacteria from the millions sitting on a surface to make you sick.

The research concluded that bacteria can be picked up in just three seconds. So you might want to rethink that five second rule…

In other words, if you drop something and consider eating it, do so at your peril. Whatever it is, it’ll instantly have bacteria on it - even if it’s just a tiny amount.

So the safest thing to do if you’ve dropped some food on the floor? Throw it away.

Foods that are safer to eat after picking up from the floor – and foods that aren't

While the Food Safety Information Council advises against eating anything that’s fallen to the floor, some foodstuffs are safer to scoff than others:

High risk – wet foods

• Dairy products
• Cooked rice or pasta
• Cut fruit
• Cold meats like ham or salami
• Cooked meats like sausages or bacon

Low risk – dry foods

• Nuts
• Biscuits
• Crackers
• Crisps
• Uncooked rice or pasta



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