Dropped Food

Malaysia
September 29, 2009 11:12pm CST
Do you usually pick the food back up? I used to when I was a kid. I would pick it up as quickly as I could, blow on it and eat! I read somewhere before that most of the bacteria on the floor are harmless and we are likely to get food poisoning from our dirty hands instead of from the food that we have just picked up. What do you think??
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• China
30 Sep 09
well as we all know microorganism is everywhere. and they all r harmful which depend on quantity of bacteria, our body's immune system. if you eat dropped food or you eat food with dirty hands the risk is same for food pisoning. so there is no doubt ..both are equally harmful. so never eat dropped food and never eat without wash hands.thanks for sharing. keep lotting
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• Malaysia
1 Oct 09
Hi, Krish! Yes, it's a risk and a lesson to learn. All dropped food is already contaminated with bacteria. Thanks!
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@Lucky09 (1771)
• Philippines
28 Nov 09
hi corry^^;; i would do it maybe, but it depends where it dropped and what kind of food has been dropped hehe! let's say i would pick up if it drops on my bedroom floor but not on the restaurant's floor and if my food is dry and cost me much then i would try to save it
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• Malaysia
29 Nov 09
Hahahaa... Yeah, I totally understand what you mean. I would do it as fast as I could and depends on the food and the conditions of the floor as well, but of course, I would try to avoid of doing it if I could.
@Lucky09 (1771)
• Philippines
29 Nov 09
yeah, what if that is an expensive swiss chocolate haha! i would feel it a real waste seriously corry, i had lived with my grandmother when i was a kid in the country side, real country side when my parents were still struggling to work in the urban so we all have a decent life like now. anyway, my grandmother taught me how to be frugal and modest, like when i dropped my food, i would sure feel bad and my grandmother would pick it up from the ground and scrape off the dirty part then give it back to me, i didn't care whether it's maybe still dirty or not but i would eat it anyway. she would explain afterward not to waste food at any cost. until now, as much as possible i will not waste food, but of course will not compromise my health by doing so, eating something i should have thrown but ate it...surely i will regret.
• Malaysia
29 Nov 09
That was a very good advice from your grandmother. When we were still kids, my parents always told my siblings and I about not to throw away food especially rice that we have to finish them. They said the spirit of the rice would cry and I know they were being superstitious, but I also think that it's a way of them telling us not to waste food. Anyway, about the Swiss chocolate, I guess I will pick it up and just run some water onto it to wash away the dirt. Thanks for sharing your story, Lucky. Your family is doing much better now and the experience of yours is priceless.
@Sreekala (22720)
• India
1 Dec 09
Hi corry, I did it many times when I was a kid. But now I am teaching my kids not to do the same (lol) what a difference? I think it does not make any difference if we pick the up the same quickly and at home floor must be clean. However we should teach the kids not to pick up because they will do the same if they are outside. So let us teach them a good habit.
• Malaysia
31 Dec 09
Hi, Sree! Sorry for the late response, I think I have missed the notification. I agree with you that we did that when we were kids , but our kids should not 'inherit' this bad habit. So, it's good to forbid them at the early stage when they are still very young.
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@Sreekala (22720)
• India
31 Dec 09
Hi dear, Don't worry about late reply, it also happens with me. Have a wonderful year ahead. May the New Year should be happy, healthy and blessed one for you.
• Malaysia
31 Dec 09
Thanks for the wishes, Sree. You, too, have a prosperous New Year and May this coming year will bring more love, peace, happiness, fortune, wealth and health. Happy New Year 2010 to you and your loved ones!!!
30 Sep 09
There is what you call as the rule of 5 (i think), But the point is, you can eat the dropped food if you can still pick it up between 5 seconds. And if your food is dry, then it's ok. Microorganisms travel fast in wet surface.
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@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
30 Sep 09
When I was a kid I always do that and my mother always scolded me. It is not more than 5 seconds when the food fell so I pick it up. Sometimes if you always clean you also vulnerable to get sick but if you allow yourself to expose in some bacteria or in microorganisms sometimes it helps to boost your immune system. We need to expose ourselves sometimes to dirt so that we can able to fight some bacteria also.
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• Malaysia
1 Oct 09
Hi, Radiance! Yes, it depends on where your food dropped. I only did that when I was a kid, a child's thinking that how 'wasted' the dropped food was if I have to throw and never gotten to taste them!
• Malaysia
1 Oct 09
Hi, Agv! Yes, I have learned about the immune system, too, but as safe as we think, the bacteria might already spread on the floor and once the food is dropped, it landed on them instantly. Lucky if they are harmless and not some bad germs, but whatever it is, it's best to throw them away.
@SHAMRACK (8384)
• India
4 Oct 09
Dear friend, When I was a kid I used to but after that no more, moreover I would never like to drop any food. I would avoid riks to have any kind of viral or bateria infections. May be a clean and quality food is always gives me much satisfaction after I have it. More over my health too will be cared.
• Malaysia
4 Oct 09
Hi, Sham! Yes, it is best to avoid something that is avoidable to have a good healthy life.
@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Oct 09
hi corrycrystal well I am not so sure of that so rather'than take any chances I put the dropped food into the garbage as it is better to waste it than to get sick from some bacteria you picked up with that dropped food. some bacteria like the norwalk virus a stomach virus makes you so ill you will swear you would never ever pick up dropped food again as long as you lived.
• Malaysia
4 Oct 09
Hi, Hatley! Yes, it is better safe than sorry.
• France
9 Jan 10
Do you know about 3 seconds rule? As long as you pick it up in 3 seconds, bacterias won't be able to poison our food. Unless if you dropped it on the sand, or grass.. on anything that sticks
• Malaysia
11 Jan 10
Hi, Lilmuchang! Welcome to myLot. Sorry for the late response. To answer your question, I never heard about the 3 seconds rule. I don't think there is any amount of time given to guarantee that the food is still clean.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
1 Dec 09
It kind fo depends if I am at home or not. I usually will not if I am not at home because I don't know how clean the place where it was dropped actually is. if I know my floor is clean at home I might pick it up, but it would depend on what it was. If it was something slimey then I probably would just throw it out. If it is a piece of meat or something expensive I might just wash it off and cook off the germs.
• Malaysia
3 Dec 09
Yes, I agree with you, LadyM! If the dropped food is something slimy and wet, they probably get more gems than the dry food. Meats and vegetables or those raw foods are okay because we can always wash them off before we cook them.