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Old 07-22-2010, 03:48 AM   #1
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Another raw fish safety question

I bought some refrigerated, fresh raw salmon fillet from the grocery on July 17th. The label on the package says it was packaged on July 17th. It says to use by July 24th. Is this right? I thought raw fish only lasted 2-3 days in the fridge, which I have read on several food safety websites. Thank you for your replies...

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Old 07-22-2010, 08:20 AM   #2
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I am wondering if that fish was previously frozen and meant to be sold frozen. 7 days in the fridge is much longer than I would want to go with fresh salmon.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:54 AM   #3
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Whenever I purchase fish from the market (I buy only from a dedicated fishmonger) if I don't use it that day and don't plan to use it the next day, either, I freeze it asap.

Fish that was purchased on July 17th that is still in your fridge? I would not use it. Three days in the fridge is maximum.
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Old 07-22-2010, 04:02 PM   #4
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Okay, okay. Well, I am going to use it, but not for consumption. I'm going to use it as fertilizer.

I assure you the fish is fresh and not previously frozen. I still would like to know why it has a use-by date that is 7 days after the packing date. I have read at other places that sometimes they will seal the meat into an airtight container and inject an inert gas to make it last longer. Could this be the case?
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Old 07-22-2010, 04:06 PM   #5
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Could it just be mislabeled? What type of plastic is it sealed in? If it feels like your typical plastic wrap that you would find in most kitchens then I would doubt there was any inert gas injected as those plastics breath. If it is a heavy duty plastic then I suppose it is possible. I have seen that with meat. I am fortunate enough to live where fresh fish is readily available from a fish monger and my supermarket does not carry fish anymore so I never see it packaged.
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Old 07-22-2010, 04:13 PM   #6
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Does it stink? is it discolored? Slimy? Decomposing?
I would think your nose would be telling you it isn't any good by now!

Personally, I would go ask the store where you bought it. Take it back, show them
the Use By date and get a refund.
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:57 PM   #7
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I agree with GrillingFool. Seafood is WAY too expensive these days to just toss out if it's bad through no fault of your own.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:43 AM   #8
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If it doesn't smell or looked discolored your are probably fine. I would not use it for sushi but if it was for a good old fashioned fish fry ( or any other cooked dish) I am sure you would be fine.

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Old 07-23-2010, 08:14 AM   #9
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We never buy "fresh" fish here... way too expensive. It means it had a lovely trip on someone's private jet... In order to get quality seafood where I live, we must buy frozen. It's quality is much better, and is much more economical. "fresh" fish that has been sitting in a refrigerated truck for several days, well, isn't "fresh." and most of our "fresh" fish has a label that says it was previously frozen.
Let us know what you did with it!
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