the standards of what you consider edible drop drastically? I used to have a 20-second rule. Now it's a "I'm sure it'll be fine when I get around to picking it up" rule. The other day i dropped a quesadilla slice in the sink, on top of a wet dishrag no less, and I just picked it back out. Also, I will now use milk that's a day or two after the expiration date. Less than a year ago, I'd have rather starved than eat any food in less than pristine condition.