Does the Five Second rule Actually Work??Microbiology
- Jason Flora
From our research we have found the CDC estimates that there are around 9 million episodes of foodborne illness, with over 55,000 put in hospital, with around 1,351 deaths that can be tied to foods consumed in the United States. CDC reports lists more that 30 contributing factors linked to foodborne disease outbreaks in the year(s) summarized in the reporting period. Factors are grouped into three categories related to contamination with and proliferation and survival of foodborne pathogens. Food handlers or others suspected to be infectious are linked to several contamination factors. One factor is specifically related to cross-contamination from surfaces and not ill individuals. In another article it states, "Most bacteria are harmless, many are highly beneficial, some indicate the presence of dirt, disease organisms, spoilage and only a very few cause disease." So even if the 5 second rule was Ineffective as long as it wasn't the few kinds of bacteria that are harmful it is technically ok to eat the food item. Not to mention there are thousands of species of bacteria, but all are single-celled and fall into three basic shapes: spherical, straight rods, and spiral rods. So in conclusion, bacteria is everywhere and no matter how long food is on the ground it will at least get some bacteria on it.