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Three-second rule unhealthy, until now

February 24, 2009
CULVER CITY, CA — A national survey of 1,000 adults, conducted by Kelton Research, found that 60 percent of Americans admit to eating food that has fallen on the floor, according to Business Wire.
Most are unaware that a typical carpet has up to 4,000 times more bacteria and germs than a toilet seat, even after it has been vacuumed, the story stated.
David Oreck, founder of the Oreck Corporation, said: "Antibacterial soap and bleach are common tools to kill germs in the home, but people often overlook what’s right beneath their feet. Now there’s a solution that allows people to clean and kill germs without any extra time, effort or expense."
Independent tests from the University of Arizona found the following number of bacteria particles on one-square-inch samples:
· Toilet seat: 49
· Kitchen counter: 1,686
· Kitchen tile: 2,546
· Bathroom floor: 18,025
· Carpet: 200,000 plus, the story noted.
According to the story, Oreck has become the first vacuum manufacturer to use ultraviolet light to clean and kill germs, bacteria, viruses, allergens and mold.
Independent tests prove this UV-C light kills more than 99 percent of many common germs it comes in contact with, the story added.
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