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5-Second Rule shortened to 3 seconds amid growing health concerns


Nashville, TN - Global health organizations announced yesterday that they were shortening the recommended 5-second Rule to three seconds amid growing health concerns.


Steven Maher, Director of the Hygiene Coalition Organization, said at a press conference, "The HGO has made this recommendation out of an abundance of caution. There is no need to panic. Food consumed after being on the ground for five seconds is still acceptable, but we feel three seconds adds another level of safety."


A local fast-food manager, who asked to remain nameless, told us he was concerned by the new recommendation. "We drop a lot of food in the kitchen and have relied on the five seconds to recover that inventory. This shorter window is going to substantially cut into our profit."


Maher said he hopes the new 3-Second Rule can return to five over the next six months.


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