Surprisingly, serious researchers have found that following the “five-second rule” when food items are dropped on the floor isn’t the worst thing a restaurant might do from a food safety perspective. What might be just as bad, or perhaps worse: routinely exposing customers to bacteria-laden menus, tabletop items and even lemon slices. The five-second rule refers to the accepted wisdom that food that falls on the floor is OK to eat if picked up within five seconds. The ...

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