As I was barcoding the December issue of Consumer Reports, my eye caught an article on “the five second” rule. If you aren’t familiar with this practice, it refers to the idea that any food dropped on the floor picked up within 5 seconds is ok to eat. Well, not so, says Consumer Reports. Unless you can peel or wash the food item, bacteria can transferred from an infected surface almost instantly. This magazine is very helpful when it comes to deciding on purchasing an item covered in its monthly series of articles, or just looking to answer a question like ” how valid is the 5 second rule…” Our copies may be checked out for 7 days.