Fact or Fiction: 5-Second Rule

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - We've all heard the 5-second rule but - is it fact or fiction?

The 5-second rule means that a piece of food dropped on the floor is fine as long as you pick it up within 5-seconds. But is there any truth to this theory, or is it just myth?

That's what a study at Clemson University wanted to find out. The researchers tested to see whether bacteria actually needs more than 5-seconds to attach itself to fallen food, like bologna, bread and lettuce.

Their conclusion was germs do make the trip in 5-seconds or less.

It's basically contamination on contact. Many parents think it's okay to eat food dropped on the floor or to let their child eat directly off the highchair tray.

Remind your family that if something hits the floor, germs can attach to it faster than it takes to pick it up.

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