RWLongy4 wrote:mythbusters actually did a comparison between the 5 second and 15 second rules. I'm fairly sure they determined there was no difference in the amount of germs between the 2 times.
I'm fairly certain this assessment is in error. I saw the same Mythbusters episode, and I remember the results as no matter whether one second, two seconds, five seconds, or fifteen seconds, food that comes in contact with a non-sterile surface such as a floor contracts bacteria equally.
Basically, bottom line is that once a piece of food hits the ground, it is instantly contaminated with bacteria. Since I've seen that episode, the 5-second rule is dead to me.