Here in Uruguay, and in some other parts of the world, meats (salted sometimes) hang freely in kitchens, deli's, etc. No refrigeration, no covering...just hanging out.
But I was raised to believe that if a food item is left outside of the fridge for more than a few hours it is no longer fit for consumption. I.E. with eggs, milk, or meats. My boundaries have been stretched and I am no longer so overly concerned with the refrigeration rule. Although I am still a strict follower of the five second rule with the floor.
But I was stretched further yesterday. I was at my friend's house when I noticed an uncooked dish on their stove counter. It was raw meat soaking in milk, and would remain soaking in this milk for the whole night until it entered the stove the following day. No way, this can't be. You are just asking for a mean session involving a toilet after this (were saying my thoughts).
Final verdict: It was an absolute delicious lunch...and was not accompanied with any uncomfortable bathroom breaks.