The agricultural and technological revolutions changed a lot in our perception of food and we all became more fastidious and delicate (is it good for איסטניס?) - we even have expiration dates on everything edible.

As such, we are not suspected to eat anything off floor or whatever can be found under the mattress or in the diapers drawer or a spoiled sandwich in my son's bag.

Do those trends lead to changes in the Halacha regarding cleaning for Pesach, because most of it is based on that very fear that a person would consume it?

Please feel free to edit my English.

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    The opposite is true: nowadays bread you find a few day later is significantly more edible than in yesteryear.
    – Double AA
    Apr 16 '19 at 13:07
  • The point of looking for crumbs was never that you may claim them, the gemorrah specifically mentions that. For larger objects, I think it's reasonable that some, especially younger children, will eat a pretzel if you find it under a mattress
    – f.khantsis
    Apr 16 '19 at 13:09
  • The lower threshold is that even a dog would eat it, not that even a human would eat it. Dogs eat food off the floor all the time.
    – DonielF
    Apr 16 '19 at 13:34
  • @Doniel that's the threshold for a prohibition if you'd eat, not the threshold for when we fear you might eat it.
    – Double AA
    Apr 16 '19 at 13:38
  • @DoubleAA Isn’t it the threshold for בל יראה בל ימצא as well? Pesachim 2:3 specifically discusses a case of if something collapsed on the chametz is it considered as having been destroyed - that’s a בל יראה issue, not an אכילת חמץ issue.
    – DonielF
    Apr 16 '19 at 13:43

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